contrary to expectations

Definition of contrary to expectations

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

Word by Word Definitions

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

expectationplay expectations
  1. :  the act or state of expecting :  anticipation

    :  something expected

    :  basis for expecting :  assurance


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