The Definition of the Contrapositive

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The concept of a contrapositive is easily described with the following example. Suppose we have an if-then statement:

If condition A is true, then condition B is true.

The contrapositive of the above statement is

If condition B is not true, then condition A is not true.

We create the contrapositive of a given statement by swapping conditions A and B, and making each condition false.

If you find that this is a bit abstract, not to worry: we next consider some examples that explain these concepts in a more concrete way.


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