emphasis If you say that something is true contrary to other people's beliefs or opinions, you are emphasizing that it is true and that they are wrong. Contrary to popular belief, moderate exercise actually decreases your appetite
When a particular idea is being considered, evidence or statements to the contrary suggest that this idea is not true or that the opposite is true. That does not automatically mean, however, that the money supply has been curbed, and there is considerable evidence to the contrary
an argumentative device that presents an alternative to a thesis for the purpose of confirming or clarifying it The alternative represents a choice that is not satisfactory in the context of the thesis but is not a direct contradiction (contrary) of the thesis
You use on the contrary when you have just said or implied that something is not true and are going to say that the opposite is true. It is not an idea around which the Community can unite. On the contrary, I see it as one that will divide us
two propositions are contraries if both cannot be true but both can be false exact opposition; "public opinion to the contrary he is not guilty" resistant to guidance or discipline; "Mary Mary quite contrary"; "an obstinate child with a violent temper"; "a perverse mood"; "wayward behavior" very opposed in nature or character or purpose; "acts contrary to our code of ethics"; "the facts point to a contrary conclusion" of words or propositions so related that both cannot be true but both may be false; "`hot' and `cold' are contrary terms
emphasis You can use on the contrary when you are disagreeing strongly with something that has just been said or implied, or are making a strong negative reply. `People just don't do things like that.' --- `On the contrary, they do them all the time.'
Ideas, attitudes, or reactions that are contrary to each other are completely different from each other. This view is contrary to the aims of critical social research for a number of reasons Several of those present, including Weinberger, had contrary information
[ 'kän-"trer-E, 4 often ] (adjective.) 14th century. Middle English contrarie, from Middle French contraire, from Latin contrarius, from contra opposite.
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