to the contrary

to the contrary
adverb
contrary to expectations (Freq. 3)
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he didn't stay home; on the contrary, he went out with his friends

Derived from adjective: ↑contrary (for: ↑contrarily)

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adverb
: to the opposite effect : notwithstanding

I know she's unhappy, all her brave talk to the contrary

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to the contrary
To the opposite effect
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Main Entry:contrary

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to the contrary phrase
making you think that the opposite may be true

Despite all evidence to the contrary, he believed his plan would succeed.

Thesaurus: opposite and in the opposite waysynonym
Main entry: contrary

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with the opposite meaning or implication

he continued to drink despite medical advice to the contrary

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to the contrary
: stating or proving the opposite of something

He was no fool, despite talk to the contrary.

Unless there is evidence to the contrary, we have to believe them.

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Main Entry:contrary

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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