Meaning of CONTRARY in English


I. con ‧ tra ‧ ry 1 AC /ˈkɒntrəri $ ˈkɑːntreri/ BrE AmE noun

1 . on the contrary/quite the contrary used to add to a negative statement, to disagree with a negative statement by someone else, or to answer no to a question:

It wasn’t a good thing; on the contrary it was a huge mistake.

‘I suppose your wife doesn’t understand you.’ ‘On the contrary, she understands me very well.’

‘Are they happy?’ ‘No, no, quite the contrary.’

2 . evidence/statements etc to the contrary something showing or saying the opposite:

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

He continued to drink despite advice to the contrary.

3 . the contrary formal the opposite of what has been said or suggested

II. contrary 2 AC BrE AmE adjective

1 . contrary ideas, opinions, or actions are completely different and opposed to each other SYN opposing :

Two contrary views emerged.

The men shouted contrary orders.

contrary to

The government’s actions are contrary to the public interest.

2 . contrary to popular belief/opinion used to say that something is true even though people believe the opposite:

Contrary to popular belief, a desert can be very cold.

3 . formal a contrary wind is not blowing in the direction you want to sail

III. con ‧ tra ‧ ry 3 /kənˈtreəri $ ˈkɑːntreri, kənˈtreri/ BrE AmE adjective

someone who is contrary deliberately does different things from other people:

Evans was his usual contrary self.

—contrariness noun [uncountable]

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.