contrary to expectations

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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.

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“Contrary to expectations.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contrary%20to%20expectations. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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