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to the contrary

Definition of to the contrary

  1. :  stating or proving the opposite of something <He was no fool, despite talk to the contrary.> <Unless there is evidence to the contrary, we have to believe them.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a fact or condition incompatible with another :  opposite

    :  one of a pair of opposites

    :  a proposition so related to another that though both may be false they cannot both be true — compare subcontrary

  1. :  being so different as to be at opposite extremes :  opposite

    :  being opposite to or in conflict with each other

    :  being not in conformity with what is usual or expected

  1. :  contrariwise, contrarily

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