- an opposite or different fact, event, or situation
- He was sure his sister had made a mistake, but the contrary was true: she was right and he was wrong.
- He was no fool, despite talk to the contrary.
- Unless there is evidence to the contrary, we have to believe them.
- The sisters gave contrary answers: one said “yes” and one said “no.”
- We had contrary opinions/views on the issue.
- against or opposed to something
- Without contrary evidence, the jury will find her guilty.
- Going over the speed limit is contrary to traffic laws. [=it is illegal; it is against the law]
- The boat sailed against a contrary wind.
- Contrary weather impeded the rescue efforts.
- a contrary child
- Contrary to orders, he left the campsite.
- Contrary to popular belief [=despite what many people believe], these animals are not really dangerous to humans.