contrary

/ˈkɑːnˌtreri/

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