noun, plural con·trar·ies.
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Idioms for contrary
- in opposition to what has been stated.
- from another point of view: On the contrary, there may be some who would agree with you.
- to the opposite effect: I believe he is innocent, whatever they may say to the contrary.
- to a different effect.
Origin of contrary
SYNONYMS FOR contrary
synonym study for contrary
OTHER WORDS FROM contrarycon·trar·i·ly [kon-trer-uh-lee, kuhn-trair-], /ˈkɒn trɛr ə li, kənˈtrɛər-/, adverbcon·trar·i·ness, nounqua·si-con·trar·i·ly, adverbqua·si-con·trar·y, adjective
Words nearby contrary
Example sentences from the Web for contrary
This senseless policy needlessly puts lives at risk, and it’s critical that the American people speak out about why this rule change is dangerous and contrary to our values.Trump administration targets homeless trans Americans|Jennifer Wexton|September 2, 2020|Washington Blade
Quite the contrary, the delays help ensure legitimacy of the votes.The biggest threat to mail-in voting isn’t security—it’s politics|matthewheimer|August 24, 2020|Fortune
On the contrary, you can run 404 checks to locate pages that are not working anymore to ensure that they are redirected in the correct page.Three SEO mistakes that can impact your search rankings|Tereza Litsa|August 24, 2020|Search Engine Watch
On the contrary, the whole point is that business on its own can make the world a better place.Revisiting the Business Roundtable’s ‘Stakeholder Capitalism,’ one year later|Geoffrey Colvin|August 19, 2020|Fortune
And, contrary to popular belief, I’m also a huge proponent of public transportation.
Contrary to the popular narrative, TNR did not “die” last week.The Rise and Fall of Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge, America’s Worst Gay Power Couple|James Kirchick|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Contrary to what you may assume about me, I actually enjoy the occasional trip to the mall.
Contrary to the conventional wisdom, there is nothing intrinsically “progressive” about hating suburbs.
On the contrary, if the Court now decides to hear this case on the merits, it might be a fast-track.
To the contrary, she said, she did not necessarily believe that collective bargaining needed to be reformed.Meet Gina Raimondo, the Only Democratic Star of 2014|David Freedlander|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On the contrary, I am speeding them forward with added watchfulness.The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898|E. H. Blair
On the contrary, His Imperial Majesty appeals to their sentiments of justice, and to the consciousness of their own dignity.The British Expedition to the Crimea|William Howard Russell
On the contrary, it is almost directly favourable, but the question is whether they would venture out at all in such a storm.A Canadian Heroine, Volume 2|Mrs. Harry Coghill
This is true; vital statistics and fiction to the contrary, notwithstanding.The Sheriff of Badger|George B. Pattullo
Faith indeed tells what the senses do not tell, but not the contrary of what they see.Pascal's Penses|Blaise Pascal
British Dictionary definitions for contrary
noun plural -ries
adverb (usually foll by to)
Derived forms of contrarycontrariness, noun
Word Origin for contrary
Idioms and Phrases with contrary
see on the contrary; to the contrary.