One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1In the opposite way or order.‘it worked contrariwise—first you dialled the number then you put the money in’
conversely, inversely, the other way round, contrariwise, oppositely, in reverse, reciprocallyView synonyms
- ‘He dare not turn the wheel contrariwise.’
- 1.1 In contrast to something that has just been stated or mentioned.‘contrariwise, a registered person may vote, even if not entitled to be registered’
against, in opposition to, contrary to, at variance with, in defiance of, in contravention of, contrarily, contrariwise, converselyView synonyms
- ‘Paradoxically, he then offers a contrariwise view of what differentiates American and Continental strategy on achieving a worthy and just international order.’
- ‘Madeline, contrariwise, insisted on joining me in the search for food.’
- ‘The very best instructor for students may have no conception of the higher lines of work in his branch, and contrariwise, how many brilliant investigators have been wretched teachers?’
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