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Meaning of “contrary” - Learner’s Dictionary

contrary

adjective     /ˈkɒntrəri/
opposite or very different: a contrary opinion/viewDifferent and differenceOpposites
contrary to sth
opposite to what someone said or thought: Contrary to popular belief, bottled water is not always better than tap water.Opposites
If something is contrary to a rule, it does not obey that rule: Her actions are contrary to the teachings of the church.Obeying and breaking the lawObedient and compliantDisobedientBad and wrong behaviour
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