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con·trar·y

 (kŏn′trĕr′ē)
adj.
1. Opposed, as in character or purpose: contrary opinions; acts that are contrary to our code of ethics.
2. Opposite in direction or position: Our boat took a course contrary to theirs. See Synonyms at opposite.
3. Music Moving in the opposite direction at a fixed interval: playing scales in contrary motion.
4. Adverse; unfavorable: a contrary wind.
5. (also kən-trâr′ē) Given to recalcitrant behavior; willful or perverse.
n. pl. con·trar·ies
1. Something that is opposite or contrary.
2. Either of two opposing or contrary things: "Truth is perhaps ... a dynamic compound of opposites, savage contraries for a moment conjoined" (A. Bartlett Giamatti).
3. Logic A proposition related to another in such a way that if the latter is true, the former must be false, but if the latter is false, the former is not necessarily true.
adv.
In an opposite direction or manner; counter: The judge ruled contrary to all precedent in the case.
Idioms:
by contraries Obsolete
In opposition to what is expected.
on the contrary
In opposition to what has been stated or what is expected: I'm not sick; on the contrary, I'm in the peak of health.
to the contrary
To the opposite effect from what has been stated or what is expected: Despite what you say to the contrary, this contract is fair.

[Middle English contrarie, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin contrārius : contrā, against; see kom in Indo-European roots + -ārius, -ary.]

con′trar′i·ly (kŏn′trĕr′ə-lē, kən-trâr′-) adv.
con′trar′i·ness n.
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Adv.1.to the contrary - contrary to expectations; "he didn't stay home; on the contrary, he went out with his friends"
Translations
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Had that event not occurred these hints would have been forgotten, as we have forgotten the thousands and millions of hints and expectations to the contrary which were current then but have now been forgotten because the event falsified them.
This all gives me a strong suspicion that Big Oil and refineries are prevailing, despite assurances to the contrary.
The Draft Guidance's statement to the contrary stands in direct contravention to the statutory language.
And consider juror/medical genius Matthew Pallardy, who, despite evidence to the contrary, "kind of figured" the victim suffered from a Vioxx-related blood clot, "even if it went away real quick.
To the contrary, P's uncontradicted evidence established that in determining cost allocations, unrelated parties would not include any cost related to the issuance of options.
To the contrary, according to DiLorenzo, Roosevelt's policies of the time kept a chokehold on the economy until the end of World War II.
Pre-1938 drugs were allowed as being safe and effective, provided no evidence to the contrary developed.
All Ordinaries should be vigilant in order that all usage to the contrary be eradicated (par.