contrary to


: in conflict with : despite
contrary to orders, he set out alone

Examples of contrary to in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As for the reasons why its first settlers stopped at the island, O’Connor believes that, contrary to some earlier opinions, the inhabitants didn’t randomly stumble upon it. Paul Smaglik, Discover Magazine, 22 May 2024 Also, contrary to the fake concerns of some Republicans these days, most people protesting against the killing of innocent people in Gaza are not anti-Israeli or anti-Jewish. Tom Zirpoli, Baltimore Sun, 15 May 2024 In that case, labeled as nihil obstat, the church will be determining that, while the event is not confirmed as supernatural, nothing about it is contrary to the faith. Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 17 May 2024 Their actions are contrary to the law and demonstrate that there are two classes of people in this state where some lives matter and some lives do not. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 16 May 2024 Nor did the association call for a halt in spending on those fronts, especially because boosting services, contrary to popular belief, didn’t seem to draw more homeless people. Blake Nelson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 May 2024 But, contrary to the popular conception that pigs will laze not just in mud but also their own feces when given the opportunity, pigs will actually separate their bathrooms from their living spaces. Katie Liu, Discover Magazine, 1 May 2024 According to the Tufts’ Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, pet rats are empathetic, gentle, smart and, perhaps contrary to popular belief or misconceptions, very clean. Lauren Liebhaber, Kansas City Star, 15 Apr. 2024 The strike on the aid vehicles is a grave mistake stemming from a serious failure due to a mistaken identification, errors in decision-making, and an attack contrary to the Standard Operating Procedures. Daniel Estrin, NPR, 5 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of contrary to was in the 14th century

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“Contrary to.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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