What does on the contrary mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contrarily, to the contrary, contrariwise, on the contrary(adverb)

    contrary to expectations

    "he didn't stay home; on the contrary, he went out with his friends"


  1. on the contrary(Adverb)

    opposite of what had earlier been expected or assumed


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of on the contrary in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of on the contrary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Confucius:

    When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.

  2. Aldous Huxley:

    Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are dead.

  3. Frank Mulholland:

    The use of torture cannot be condoned, it is against international law and contrary to the common law of Scotland.

  4. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Do not say things. What you are stands over you the while and thunders so that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.

  5. Eric Garcetti:

    It's not a cultural threat, Quite the contrary, it's an integration of our two societies, both on the cultural and economic front.

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