appearances to the contrary

Definition of appearances to the contrary

  1. :  even though (something) does not appear to be so <Appearances to the contrary, her company is very successful.>

Word by Word Definitions

appearanceplay appearances
  1. :  external show :  semblance

    :  outward aspect :  look

    :  outward indication

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

    :  one of a pair of opposites

    :  a proposition (see 1proposition 2a) 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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