A contrapositive statement is when you take a converse statement and negate it by adding the word “not” to it. So, if the converse statement is “If a shape is a quadrilateral then it has four sides” the contrapositive statement would be “If a shape is not a quadrilateral then it does not have four sides.” The contrapositive statement is symbolized as:

*~q → ~p*

where

*q *is the conditional statement’s conclusion.

*p *is the conditional statement’s hypothesis.

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