appearances to the contrary

Definition of appearances to the contrary

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

Word by Word Definitions

appearance play appearances
  1. : external show : semblance

  2. : outward aspect : look

  3. : outward indication

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

  2. : one of a pair of opposites

  3. : 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

  2. : being not in conformity with what is usual or expected

  3. : unfavorable

  1. : contrariwise, contrarily


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