Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who takes a contrary view or action, especially an investor who makes decisions that contradict prevailing wisdom, as in buying securities that are unpopular at the time.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective taking an opposing view, especially a view opposite to that taken by the majority.
  • noun a person who habitually takes a view opposite to that held by the majority.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a person who expresses a contradicting viewpoint, especially one who denounces the majority persuasion
  • noun finance a financial investor who tends to have an opinion of market trends at variance with most others

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an investor who deliberately decides to go against the prevailing wisdom of other investors

Etymologies

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