[ kon-trer-ee-wahyz or for 3, kuh n-trair- ]
/ ˈkɒn trɛr iˌwaɪz or for 3, kənˈtrɛər- /


in the opposite direction or way.
on the contrary; in direct opposition to a statement, attitude, etc.


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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. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for contrariwise

/ (ˈkɒntrərɪˌwaɪz) /


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