Definition of contrary to in English:

contrary to


  • Conflicting with or running counter to.

    ‘contrary to his expectations, he found the atmosphere exciting’
    • ‘I know all the arguments in favour of that view but see them as contrary to all human experience.’
    • ‘They are strong, redolent of the dignity of human life, and contrary to many images of female nudity.’
    • ‘The findings seem to be quite contrary to the general belief that smoking is on the rise.’
    • ‘Yet such efforts will necessarily run contrary to British sympathies and our attitudes to the state.’
    • ‘And contrary to popular belief, the employees work all year round to make the poppies.’
    • ‘Over the last decade, however, they have become known for a role contrary to their original intent.’
    • ‘He refused to comment on the nature of his release and insisted he had not been shot, contrary to earlier reports.’
    • ‘The results of my attempts to do this are interesting and run contrary to much popular belief.’
    • ‘It is counterintuitive and contrary to everything that we have been told.’
    • ‘It would come across as being contrary to the romantic notion of the sharing of wine.’
    in conflict with, against, at variance with, at odds with, in opposition to, not in accord with, counter to, conflicting with, incompatible with
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