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contrary

1 noun
     
con‧tra‧ry1
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

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