contrary

Contrary is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

Pronunciation

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Noun

 Plural none
1. (uncountable); (singular) 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.

Preposition

 Prepositioncontrary
1. 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.
2. You use "contrary to ${\displaystyle x}$, ${\displaystyle y}$" when people believe ${\displaystyle x}$, but in fact ${\displaystyle y}$ is true.
Contrary to popular belief, Eskimos don't have huge numbers of 'snow' words.
What she told me was contrary to everything I had ever heard.
"On the contrary",which is from Hamlet