[kon-trer-ee-wahyz or for 3, kuh n-trair-]
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Origin of contrariwise

First recorded in 1300–50, contrariwise is from the Middle English word contrary-wyse. See contrary, -wise Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of contrariwise

  • And, contrariwise, there is tripe—“the stomach of the ox or of some other ruminant.”

  • The demand may be greater for boys than for girls, or contrariwise.


    William Graham Sumner

  • Contrariwise, the flute was being played more and more slowly.

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    Gouverneur Morris

  • If prime figures be reciprocall in base and height, they are equall: And contrariwise.

  • If a triangle be equicrurall, the angles at the base are equall: and contrariwise, 5.

British Dictionary definitions for contrariwise


  1. from a contrasting point of view; on the other hand
  2. in the reverse way or direction
  3. (kənˈtrɛərɪˌwaɪz) in a contrary manner
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