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con•trar•y(ˈkɒn trɛr i; for 5 also kənˈtrɛər i)
adj., n., pl. -trar•ies,
contrary, converse, opposite, reverse - Contrary describes something that contradicts a proposition, converse is used when the elements of a proposition are reversed, opposite pertains to that which is diametrically opposed to a proposition, and reverse can mean each of those.
You say on the contrary when you are contradicting a statement that has just been made.
You also use on the contrary when you have said that something is not the case, and you are going to say that the opposite is true.
Don't say 'on the contrary' when you are going to mention a situation that contrasts with one you have just described. Don't say, for example, 'I don't like living in the centre of the town. On the contrary, it's useful when you want to buy something'. You say 'I don't like living in the centre of the town. On the other hand, it's useful when you want to buy something'.
|Noun||1.||contrary - a relation of direct opposition; "we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true"|
|2.||contrary - exact opposition; "public opinion to the contrary he is not guilty"|
|3.||contrary - a logical relation such that two propositions are contraries if both cannot be true but both can be false|
logical relation - a relation between propositions
|Adj.||1.||contrary - very opposed in nature or character or purpose; "acts contrary to our code of ethics"; "the facts point to a contrary conclusion"|
different - unlike in nature or quality or form or degree; "took different approaches to the problem"; "came to a different conclusion"; "different parts of the country"; "on different sides of the issue"; "this meeting was different from the earlier one"
|2.||contrary - of words or propositions so related that both cannot be true but both may be false; "`hot' and `cold' are contrary terms"|
antonymous - of words: having opposite meanings
|3.||contrary - resistant to guidance or discipline; "Mary Mary quite contrary"; "an obstinate child with a violent temper"; "a perverse mood"; "wayward behavior"|
disobedient - not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority; "disobedient children"
|4.||contrary - in an opposing direction; "adverse currents"; "a contrary wind"|
opposite consistent, parallel, harmonious, in agreement, unopposed, congruous, accordant
perverse willing, helpful, obliging, accommodating, cooperative, agreeable, amiable, eager to please, tractable
contrary to → en contra de, contrario a
contrary to what we thought → en contra de lo que pensábamos
on the contrary → al contrario, todo lo contrario
quite the contrary → muy al contrario
he holds the contrary → él sostiene lo contrario
the contrary seems to be true → parece que es al revés
I know nothing to the contrary → yo no sé nada en sentido contrario
unless we hear to the contrary → a no ser que nos digan lo contrario
on the contrary → au contraire
quite the contrary → bien au contraire
unless you hear to the contrary → sauf avis contraire, sauf contrordre
contrary4 [kənˈtrɛəri] adj (= perverse) [person] → contrariant(e), entêté(e)
contrary[ˈkɒntrərɪ; adj b kənˈtrɛərɪ]
contrary to nature → contro natura
contrary to what we thought → a differenza di or contrariamente a quanto pensavamo