Definition of contrary adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    contrary1

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ˈkɒntrəri//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːntreri//
     
     
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  1. 1contrary to something different from something; against something Contrary to popular belief, many cats dislike milk. The government has decided that the publication of the report would be ‘contrary to the public interest’. Contrary to expectations and the weather forecast, we had a fine day for the experiment.
  2. 2[only before noun] completely different in nature or direction synonym opposite contrary advice/opinions/arguments The contrary view is that prison provides an excellent education—in crime.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French contrarie, from Latin contrarius, from contra ‘against’. Word Origin Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French contrarie, from Latin contrarius, from contra ‘against’.Extra examples Contrary to popular belief, the economy is doing well. Contrary to what the public was told, weapons were still being exported. It seems contrary to common sense. My own experience is completely contrary. The new claim is directly contrary to what was originally stated. These results run contrary to our expectations. Despite all the contrary evidence, they still believed that the Earth was flat.
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