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per contra

[ per -kon-truh; Latin per -kohn-trah ]
/ pər ˈkɒn trə; Latin pɛr ˈkoʊn trɑ /
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adverb
on the other hand; on the contrary.
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Origin of per contra

First recorded in 1545–55, per contra is from Latin per contrā
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British Dictionary definitions for per contra

per contra
/ (ˈpɜː ˈkɒntrə) /

adverb
on the contrary

Word Origin for per contra

from Latin
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