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Definition of contrariwise adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1used at the beginning of a sentence or clause to introduce a contrast You can only vote if you are a member. Contrariwise, not all members have the right to vote.
  2. 2in the opposite way It worked contrariwise—first you dialed the number, then you put the money in.
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