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English definition of “contrary”

contrary

noun [S]     /ˈkɒn.trə.ri/ US  /ˈkɑːn.tre-/
the contrary the opposite : I was worried that it might be too difficult for me but I found the contrary.Opposites on the contrary B2 used to show that you think or feel the opposite of what has just been stated : "Didn't you find the film exciting ?" "On the contrary, I nearly fell asleep half way through it!"Yes, no and not to the contrary C1 saying or showing the opposite : For a long time it was thought to be a harmless substance , but we now have proof / evidence to the contrary.Opposites
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