- (UK) IPA (key): /ˈkɒntrəri/ or /kənˈtrɛəri/
- (US) IPA (key): /ˈkɑntrɛri/
Audio (US) (file)
- Hyphenation: con‧trary
- If an act or idea is contrary to something, it is against it.
- The president's actions are contrary to the constitution and therefore illegal.
- You use contrary to when is different from the truth.
- Contrary to popular belief, the oil companies cannot control the price of crude.
- What she told me was contrary to everything I had ever heard.
- Contrary to popular myth, women are not worse drivers than men.
- A contrary view, sentence, etc. is opposite to other ones.
- The contrary view is that these kind of projects are a waste of money.
- The only thoughts he had were contrary ones.
- A contrary person tries to be different from other people or does not often agree with others.
- The contrary is the opposite of an idea, sentence, etc.
- It is best to believe people are good, at least until the contrary is shown.
- This is not necessarily bad; on the contrary, it is sometimes quite useful.