contrary to expectations

Definition of contrary to expectations

:although people thought it would be different :even though people thought otherwise
  • Contrary to expectations, all of the birds survived.

Word by Word Definitions

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

expectation play expectations
  1. : the act or state of expecting : anticipation

  2. : something expected

  3. : basis for expecting : assurance


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