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    CONTRARIWISE, adv. [contrary and wise, manner.] On the contrary; oppositely; on the other hand.

    Not rendering evil for evil, nor railing for railing; but contrariwise, blessing. 1 Peter 3:9.NWAD CONTRARIWISE.2

    CONTRARY, a. [L., against.]

    1. Opposite; adverse; moving against or in an opposite direction; as contrary winds.NWAD CONTRARY.2

    2. Opposite; contradictory; not merely different, but inconsistent or repugnant.NWAD CONTRARY.3

    The flesh lusteth against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary, the one to the other. Galatians 5:17.NWAD CONTRARY.4

    This adjective, in many phrases, is to be treated grammatically as an adverb, or as an adjective referring to a sentence or affirmation; as, this happened contrary to my expectations. The word here really belongs to the affirmation or fact declared, this happened; for contrary does not, like an adverb, express the manner of happening, but that the fact itself was contrary to my expectation. According, agreeable, pursuant, antecedent, prior, anterior, etc., are often used in the like manner.NWAD CONTRARY.5

    CONTRARY, n.

    1. A thing that is contrary or of opposite qualities.NWAD CONTRARY.7

    No contraries hold more antipathy, than I and such a knave.NWAD CONTRARY.8

    2. A proposition contrary to another, or a fact contrary to what is alledged; as, this is stated to be a fact, but I will endeavor to show the contrary.NWAD CONTRARY.9

    On the contrary, in opposition; on the other side.NWAD CONTRARY.10

    To the contrary, to an opposite purpose, or fact.NWAD CONTRARY.11

    They did it, not for want of instruction to the contrary.NWAD CONTRARY.12

    He said it was just, but I told him to the contrary.NWAD CONTRARY.13

    CONTRARY, v.t. To contradict or oppose.

    CONTRARY-MINDED, a. Of a different mind or opinion.

    CONTRAST, v.t.

    1. To set in opposition two or more figures of a like kind, with a view to show the difference or dissimilitude, and to manifest the superior excellence of the one by the inferiority of the other, or to exhibit the excellence of the one and the defects of the other in a more striking view; as, to contrast two picture or statues.NWAD CONTRAST.2

    2. To exhibit differences or dissimilitude in painting and sculpture, by position or attitude, either of the whole figure or of its members; or to show to advantage by opposition or difference of position.NWAD CONTRAST.3

    3. To set in opposition different things or qualities, to show the superior excellence of one to advantage.NWAD CONTRAST.4

    To contrast the goodness of God with our rebellion, will tend to make us humble and thankful.NWAD CONTRAST.5

    CONTRAST, n.

    1. Opposition or dissimilitude of figures, by which one contributes to the visibility or effect of the other. Contrast, in this sense, is applicable to things of a similar kind. We never speak of a contrast between a man and a mountain, or between a dog and a tree; but we observe the contrast between an oak and a shrub, and between a palace and a cottage.NWAD CONTRAST.7

    2. Opposition, or difference of position, attitude, etc., of figures, or of their several members; as in painting and sculpture.NWAD CONTRAST.8

    3. Opposition of things or qualities; or the placing of opposite things in view, to exhibit the superior excellence of one to more advantage. What a contrast between modesty and impudence, or between a well-bred man and a clown!NWAD CONTRAST.9

    CONTRASTED, pp. Set in opposition; examined in opposition.

    CONTRASTING, ppr. Placing in opposition, with a view to discover the difference of figures or other things, and exhibit the advantage or excellence of one beyond that of the other.

    CONTRA-TENOR, n. In music, a middle part between the tenor and treble; counter.

    CONTRATE-WHEEL, n. In watch-work, the wheel next to the crown, the teeth and hoop of which lie contrary to those of the other wheels, whence its name.

    CONTRAVALLATION, n. [L., to fortify.] In fortification, a trench guarded with a parapet, thrown round a place by the besiegers, to secure themselves, and check the sallies of the garrison.

    CONTRAVENE, v.t. [L., to come.] Literally, to come against; to meet. Hence, to oppose, but used in a figurative or moral sense; to oppose in principle or effect; to contradict; to obstruct in operation; to defeat; as, a law may contravene the provisions of the constitution.

    CONTRAVENED, pp. Opposed; obstructed.

    CONTRAVENER, n. One who opposes.

    CONTRAVENING, ppr. Opposing in principle or effect.

    CONTRAVENTION, n. Opposition; obstruction; a defeating of the operation or effect.

    The proceedings of the allies were in direct contravention of the treaty.NWAD CONTRAVENTION.2

    CONTRAVERSION, n. [L., a turning.] A turning to the opposite side; antistrophe.

    CONTRAYERVA, n. [L., an antidote for poison, or in general, an antidote.] The genus of plants, Dorstenia; all low herbaceous plants, natives of the warm climates of America, and useful as diaphoretics.

    CONTRECTATION, n. [L.] A touching or handling.

    CONTRIBUTARY, a. [See Contribute.] Paying tribute to the same sovereign; contributing aid to the same chief or principal.

    It was situated on the Ganges, at the place where this river received a contributary stream.NWAD CONTRIBUTARY.2

    CONTRIBUTE, v.t. [L., to grant, assign, or impart. See Tribe, Tribute.]

    1. To give or grant in common with others; to give a common stock or for a common purpose; to pay a share.NWAD CONTRIBUTE.2

    England contributes much more than any other of the allies.NWAD CONTRIBUTE.3

    It is the duty of Christians to contribute a portion of their substance for the propagation of the gospel.NWAD CONTRIBUTE.4

    2. To impart a portion or share to a common purpose.NWAD CONTRIBUTE.5

    Let each man contribute his influence to correct public morals.NWAD CONTRIBUTE.6

    CONTRIBUTE, v.i. To give a part; to lend a portion of power, aid or influence; to have a share in any act or effect.

    There is not a single beauty in the piece, to which the invention must not contribute.NWAD CONTRIBUTE.8

    CONTRIBUTED, pp. Given or advanced to a common fund, stock or purpose; paid as a share.

    CONTRIBUTING, ppr. Giving in common with others to some stock or purpose; imparting a share.


    1. The act of giving to a common stock, or in common with others; the act of lending a portion of power or influence to a common purpose; the payment of each man’s share of some common expense.NWAD CONTRIBUTION.2

    2. That which is given to a common stock or purpose, either by an individual or by many. We speak of the contribution of one person, or the contribution of a society. Contributions are involuntary, as taxes and imposts; or voluntary, as for some undertaking.NWAD CONTRIBUTION.3

    3. In a military sense, impositions paid by a frontier country, to secure themselves from being plundered by the enemys army; or impositions upon a country in the power of an enemy, which are levied under various pretenses, and for various purposes, usually for the support of the army.NWAD CONTRIBUTION.4

    CONTRIBUTIVE, a. Tending to contribute; contributing; having the power or quality of giving a portion of aid or influence; lending aid to promote, in concurrence with others.

    This measure is contributive to the same end.NWAD CONTRIBUTIVE.2

    CONTRIBUTOR, n. One who contributes; one who gives or pays money to a common stock or fund; one who gives aid to a common purpose in conjunction with others.

    CONTRIBUTORY, a. Contributing to the same stock or purpose; promoting the same end; bringing assistance to some joint design, or increase to some common stock.

    CONTRISTATE, v.t. [L.] To make sorrowful. [Not used.]

    CONTRISTATION, n. The act of making sad. [Not used.]

    CONTRITE, a. [L., to break or bruise; to rub or wear. See Trite.] Literally, worn or bruised. Hence, broken-hearted for sin; deeply affected with grief and sorrow for having offended God; humble; penitent; as a contrite sinner.

    A broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Psalm 51:17.NWAD CONTRITE.2

    CONTRITELY, adv. In a contrite manner; with penitence.

    CONTRITENESS, n. Deep sorrow and penitence for sin.

    CONTRITION, n. [L.]

    1. The act of grinding or rubbing to powder.NWAD CONTRITION.2

    2. Penitence; deep sorrow for sin; grief of heart for having offended and infinitely holy and benevolent God. The word is usually understood to mean genuine penitence, accompanied with a deep sense of ingratitude in the sinner, and sincere resolution to live in obedience to the divine law.NWAD CONTRITION.3

    Fruits of more pleasing savor, from thy seed sown with contrition in his heart.NWAD CONTRITION.4

    Imperfect repentance is by some divines called attrition.NWAD CONTRITION.5

    CONTRIVABLE, a. [See Contrive.] That may be contrived; capable of being planned, invented, or devised.

    Perpetual motion may seem easily contrivable.NWAD CONTRIVABLE.2

    CONTRIVANCE, n. [See Contrive.]

    1. The act of inventing, devising or planning.NWAD CONTRIVANCE.2

    There is no work impossible to these contrivances.NWAD CONTRIVANCE.3

    2. The thing invented or planned; a scheme; plan; disposition of parts or causes by design.NWAD CONTRIVANCE.4

    Our bodies are made according to the most orderly contrivance.NWAD CONTRIVANCE.5

    3. Artifice; plot; scheme.NWAD CONTRIVANCE.6

    He has managed his contrivance well.NWAD CONTRIVANCE.7

    CONTRIVE, v.t.

    1. To invent; to devise; to plan.NWAD CONTRIVE.2

    Our poet has always some beautiful design, which he first establishes, and then contrives the means which will naturally conduct him to his end.NWAD CONTRIVE.3

    2. To wear out.NWAD CONTRIVE.4

    [This must be from the L. Contero, contrivi, and if the French controuver, and Italian controvare, are the same word differently applied, the primary sense is, to invent by rubbing, that is, by ruminating; or to strike out, as in forge. But the word is probably from trouver, to find.]NWAD CONTRIVE.5

    CONTRIVE, v.i. To form or design; to plan; to scheme.

    How shall we contrive to hide our shame? [This verb is really transitive, but followed by a verb, in the place of an object or name.]NWAD CONTRIVE.7

    CONTRIVED, pp. Invented; planned; devised.

    CONTRIVEMENT, n. Contrivance; invention.

    CONTRIVER, n. An inventor; one who plans or devises; a schemer.

    CONTRIVING, ppr. Planning; forming in design.


    1. Primarily, a book, register or account, kept to correct or check another account or register; a counter-register. Hence, check; restraint; as, to speak, or to act without control. The wind raged without control. Our passions should be under the control or reason.NWAD CONTROL.2

    2. Power; authority; government; command. Children should be under the control of their parents. The events of life are not always under our control.NWAD CONTROL.3

    3. He or that which restrains.NWAD CONTROL.4


    1. To keep under check by a counter-register or double account. The proper officer controls the accounts of the treasury.NWAD CONTROL.6

    2. To check; to restrain; to govern.NWAD CONTROL.7

    I feel my virtue struggling in my soul; But stronger passion does its power control.NWAD CONTROL.8

    3. To overpower; to subject to authority; to counteract; to have under command. The course of events cannot be controlled by human wisdom or power.NWAD CONTROL.9

    4. To direct or govern in opposition; to have superior force, or authority over.NWAD CONTROL.10

    A recital cannot control the plain words in the granting part of a deed.NWAD CONTROL.11

    CONTROLLABLE, a. That may be controlled, checked or restrained; subject to command.

    Passion is the drunkenness of the mind, and not always controllable by reason.NWAD CONTROLLABLE.2

    CONTROLLED, pp. Checked; restrained; governed.


    1. One who controls, or restrains; one that has the power or authority to govern or control.NWAD CONTROLLER.2

    The great controller of our fate deignd to be man, and lived in low estate.NWAD CONTROLLER.3

    2. An officer appointed to keep a counter-register of accounts, or to oversee, control or verify the accounts of other officers; as in Great Britain, the controller of the hanaper, of the household, of the pipe, and of the pells. In the United States, the duty of the controller of the treasury is to superintend the adjustment and preservation of the public accounts; to examine all accounts settled by the auditor, and certify to the register the balances due thereon; to countersign all warrants drawn by the secretary of the treasury which shall be warranted by law; to report to he secretary the official forms of all papers to be issued in the different offices for collecting the public revenue, and the manner and form of keeping and stating the accounts of the persons employed in them, etc.NWAD CONTROLLER.4

    CONTROLLERSHIP, n. The office of a controller.


    1. The power or act of controlling; the state of being restrained; control; restraint.NWAD CONTROLMENT.2

    2. Opposition; resistance; counteraction; refutation.NWAD CONTROLMENT.3

    For this word, control is now generally used.NWAD CONTROLMENT.4

    CONTROVERSE, n. and v. Controversy, and to dispute.


    CONTROVERSIAL, a. [See Controvert, Controversy.] Relating to disputes; as a controversial discourse.

    CONTROVERSIALIST, n. One who carries on a controversy; a disputant.

    CONTROVERSY, n. [L. See Controvert.]

    1. Dispute; debate; agitation of contrary opinions. A dispute is commonly oral, and a controversy in writing. Dispute is often or generally a debate of short duration, a temporary debate; a controversy is often oral and sometimes continued in books or in law for months or years.NWAD CONTROVERSY.2

    This left no room for controversy, about the title.NWAD CONTROVERSY.3

    Without controversy, great is the mystery of godliness. 1 Timothy 3:16.NWAD CONTROVERSY.4

    2. A suit in law; a case in which opposing parties contend for their respective claims before a tribunal.NWAD CONTROVERSY.5

    And by their word shall every controversy and every stroke be tried. Deuteronomy 21:5.NWAD CONTROVERSY.6

    3. Dispute; opposition carried on.NWAD CONTROVERSY.7

    The Lord hath a controversy with the nations. Jeremiah 25:31.NWAD CONTROVERSY.8

    4. Opposition; resistance.NWAD CONTROVERSY.9

    And stemming [the torrent] with hearts of controversy.NWAD CONTROVERSY.10

    CONTROVERT, v.t. [L., to turn. Literally, to turn against.] To dispute; to oppose by reasoning; to contend against in words or writings; to deny and attempt to disprove or confute; to agitate contrary opinions; as, to controvert opinions, or principles; to controvert the justness of a conclusion.

    CONTROVERTED, pp. Disputed; opposed in debate.

    CONTROVERTER, n. One who controverts; a controversial writer.

    CONTROVERTIBLE, a. That may be disputed; disputable; not too evident to exclude difference of opinion; as, this is a controvertible point of law.

    CONTROVERTING, pp. Disputing; denying and attempting to refute.

    CONTROVERTIST, n. One who controverts; a disputant; a man versed or engaged in controversy, or disputation.

    How unfriendly is the spirit of the controvertist to the discernment of the critic.NWAD CONTROVERTIST.2

    CONTUMACIOUS, a. [L., to swell.]

    1. Literally, swelling against; haughty. Hence, obstinate; perverse; stubborn; inflexible; unyielding; disobedient; as a contumacious child.NWAD CONTUMACIOUS.2

    2. In law, wilfully disobedient to the orders of a court.NWAD CONTUMACIOUS.3

    CONTUMACIOUSLY, adv. Obstinately; stubbornly; perversely; in disobedience of orders.

    CONTUMACIOUSNESS, n. Obstinacy; perverseness; stubbornness; contumacy.

    CONTUMACY, n. [L.]

    1. Stubbornness; unyielding obstinacy; inflexibility.NWAD CONTUMACY.2

    2. In law, a wilful contempt and disobedience to any lawful summons or order of court; a refusal to appear in court when legally summoned, or disobedience to its rules and orders.NWAD CONTUMACY.3

    CONTUMELIOUS, a. [L. See Contumely.]

    1. Haughtily reproachful; contemptuous; insolent; rude and sarcastic; as contumelious language.NWAD CONTUMELIOUS.2

    2. Haughty and contemptuous; disposed to utter reproach, or to insult; insolent; proudly rude; as a contumelious person.NWAD CONTUMELIOUS.3

    3. Reproachful; shameful; ignominious.NWAD CONTUMELIOUS.4

    CONTUMELIOUSLY, adv. In a contumelious manner; with pride and contempt; reproachfully; rudely; insolently.

    CONTUMELIOUSNESS, n. Reproach; rudeness; contempt.

    CONTUMELY, n. [L., to swell.] Rudeness or reproach compounded of haughtiness and contempt; contemptuousness; insolence; contemptuous language.

    The oppressors wrong; the proud man’s contumely.NWAD CONTUMELY.2

    CONTUND, v.t. [L.] To beat; to bruise by beating. [Little used.]

    CONTUSE, v.t. [L.] To beat; to bruise; to injure the flesh or substance of a living being or other thing without breaking the skin or substance, sometimes with a breach of the skin or substance.

    CONTUSION, n. [L., to beat.]

    1. The act of beating and bruising, or the state of being bruised.NWAD CONTUSION.2

    2. The act of reducing to powder or fine particles by beating.NWAD CONTUSION.3

    3. In surgery, a bruise; a hurt or injury to the flesh or some part of the body by a blunt instrument, or by a fall.NWAD CONTUSION.4

    CONUNDRUM, n. A low jest; a mean conceit.

    CONUSANCE, n. Cognizance; knowledge; notice. [See Conusance.]

    CONUSANT, a. Knowing; having notice of.

    CONVALESCENCE, CONVALESCENCY, n. [L., to grow stronger; to get strength, to be strong. See Well and Avail.] Renewal of health; the insensible recovery of health and strength after disease; the state of a body renewing its vigor after sickness or weakness.

    CONVALESCENT, a. Recovering health and strength after sickness or debility.

    CONVALLARY, n. A genus of plants, Convallaria.

    CONVENABLE, a. [See Convene.]

    1. That may be convened, or assembled.NWAD CONVENABLE.2

    2. Consistent.NWAD CONVENABLE.3

    CONVENE, v.i. [L., to come.]

    1. To come together; to meet; to unite; as things.NWAD CONVENE.2

    The rays of light converge and convene in the eyes.NWAD CONVENE.3

    2. To come together; to meet in the same place; to assemble; as persons. Parliament will convene in November. The two houses of the legislature convened at twelve o’clock. The citizens convened in the state house.NWAD CONVENE.4

    CONVENE, v.t.

    1. To cause to assemble; to call together; to convoke. The President has power to convene the Congress, on special occasions.NWAD CONVENE.6

    2. To summon judicially to meet or appear.NWAD CONVENE.7

    By the papal canon law, clerks can be convened only before ecclesiastical judge.NWAD CONVENE.8

    CONVENED, pp. Assembled; convoked.

    CONVENER, n. One who convenes or meets with others; one who calls together.

    CONVENIENCE, CONVENIENCY, n. [L.] Literally, a coming together; a meeting. Hence,

    1. Fitness; suitableness; propriety; adaptation of one thing to another, or to circumstances.NWAD CONVENIENCE.2

    2. Commodiousness; ease; freedom from difficulty.NWAD CONVENIENCE.3

    Every man must want something for the convenience of his life.NWAD CONVENIENCE.4

    There is another convenience in this method.NWAD CONVENIENCE.5

    3. That which gives ease; accommodation; that which is suited to wants or necessity A pair of spectacles is a great convenience in old age.NWAD CONVENIENCE.6

    4. Fitness of time or place.NWAD CONVENIENCE.7

    CONVENIENT, a. Fit; suitable; proper; adapted to use or to wants; commodious; followed by to or for; usually by for.

    Some arts are peculiarly convenient to particular nations.NWAD CONVENIENT.2

    Feed me with food convenient for me. Proverbs 30:8.NWAD CONVENIENT.3


    1. Fitly; suitably; with adaptation to the end or effect. That house is not conveniently situated for a tradesman.NWAD CONVENIENTLY.2

    2. Commodiously; with ease; without trouble or difficulty. He cannot conveniently accept the invitation.NWAD CONVENIENTLY.3

    CONVENING, ppr. Coming together; calling together.

    CONVENING, n. The act of coming together; convention.

    CONVENT, n. [L., to assemble.]

    1. An assembly of persons devoted to religion; a body of monks or nuns.NWAD CONVENT.2

    2. A house for persons devoted to religion; an abbey; a monastery; a nunnery.NWAD CONVENT.3

    CONVENT, v.t. [L.] To call before a judge or judicature.

    CONVENT, v.i. To meet; to concur. [Not used.]

    CONVENTICLE, n. [L.]

    1. An assembly or meeting; usually applied to a meeting of dissenters from the established church, for religious worship. In this sense it is used by English writers and in English statutes. Hence, an assembly, in contempt. In the United States, this word has no appropriate application, and is little used, or not at all.NWAD CONVENTICLE.2

    2. A secret assembly or cabal; a meeting for plots.NWAD CONVENTICLE.3

    CONVENTICLER, n. One who supports or frequents conventicles.

    CONVENTION, n. [L. See Convene.]

    1. The act of coming together; a meeting of several persons or individuals.NWAD CONVENTION.2

    2. Union; coalition.NWAD CONVENTION.3

    3. An assembly. In this sense, the word includes any formal meeting or collection of men for civil or ecclesiastical purposes; particularly an assembly of delegates or representatives for consultation on important concerns, civil, political or ecclesiastical. In Great Britain, convention is the name given to an extraordinary assembly of the estates of the realm, held without the kings writ; as the assembly which restored Charles II. to the throne, and that which declared the throne to be abdicated by James II. In the United States, this name is given to the assembly of representatives which forms a constitution of government, or political association; as the convention which formed the constitution of the United States in 1787.NWAD CONVENTION.4

    4. An agreement or contract between two parties, as between the commanders of two armies; an agreement previous to a definitive treaty.NWAD CONVENTION.5

    CONVENTIONAL, a. Stipulated; formed by agreement.

    Conventional services reserved by tenures on grants, made out of the crown or knights service.NWAD CONVENTIONAL.2

    CONVENTIONARY, a. Acting under contract; settled by stipulation; conventional; as conventionary tenants.

    CONVENTIONER, n. One who belongs to a convention.

    CONVENTIONIST, n. One who makes a contract.

    CONVENTUAL, a. Belonging to a convent; monastic; as conventual priors.

    CONVENTUAL, n. One that lives in a convent; a monk or nun.

    CONVERGE, v.i. [L., to incline. See Verge.] To tend to one point; to incline and approach nearer together, as two lines which continually approach each other; opposed to diverge. Lines which converge in one direction, diverge in the other.

    The mountains converge into a single ridge.NWAD CONVERGE.2

    CONVERGENCE, CONVERGENCY, n. The quality of converging; tendency to one point.

    CONVERGENT, a. Tending to one point; approaching each other, as they proceed or are extending.

    CONVERGING, ppr. Tending to one point; approaching each other, as lines extended.

    Converging rays, in optics, those rays of light, which proceeding from different points of an object, approach, meet and cross, and become diverging rays.NWAD CONVERGING.2

    Converging series, in mathematics, is that in which the magnitude of the several terms gradually diminishes.NWAD CONVERGING.3

    CONVERSABLE, a. [See Converse.] Qualified for conversation, or rather disposed to converse; ready or inclined to mutual communication of thoughts; sociable; free in discourse.

    CONVERSABLENESS, n. The quality of being free in conversation; disposition or readiness to converse; sociability.

    CONVERSABLY, adv. In a conversable manner.

    CONVERSANT, a. [See Converse.]

    1. Keeping company; having frequent or customary intercourse; intimately associating; familiar by fellowship or cohabitation; acquainted.NWAD CONVERSANT.2

    But the men were very good to us--as long as we were conversant with them. 1 Samuel 25:15.NWAD CONVERSANT.3

    Never to be infected with delight, nor conversant with ease and idleness.NWAD CONVERSANT.4

    2. Acquainted by familiar use or study. We correct our style, and improve our taste, by being conversant with the best classical writers. In the foregoing applications, this word is most generally followed by with, according to present usage. In was formerly used; and both in and among may be used.NWAD CONVERSANT.5

    3. Concerning; having concern, or relation to; having for its object; followed by about.NWAD CONVERSANT.6

    Education is conversant about children.NWAD CONVERSANT.7


    1. General course of manners; behavior; deportment; especially as it respects morals.NWAD CONVERSATION.2

    Let your conversation be as becometh the gospel. Philippians 1:27.NWAD CONVERSATION.3

    Be ye holy in all manner of conversation. 1 Peter 1:15.NWAD CONVERSATION.4

    2. A keeping company; familiar intercourse; intimate fellowship or association; commerce in social life. Knowledge of men and manners is best acquired by conversation with the best company.NWAD CONVERSATION.5

    3. Intimate and familiar acquaintance; as a conversation with books, or other object.NWAD CONVERSATION.6

    4. Familiar discourse; general intercourse of sentiments; chat; unrestrained talk; opposed to a formal conference.NWAD CONVERSATION.7

    What I mentioned in conversation was not a new thought.NWAD CONVERSATION.8

    [This is now the most general use of the word.]NWAD CONVERSATION.9

    CONVERSATIONED, a. Acquainted with the manner of acting in life. [Not used.]

    CONVERSATIVE, a. Relating to an intercourse with men; opposed to contemplative.

    She chose to endue him with conversative qualities of youth.NWAD CONVERSATIVE.2

    CONVERSAZIONE, n. A meeting of company.

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