What does on the contrary mean?

Definitions for on the contrary

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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. The President:

    Not only is that contrary to our values.

  2. The Commission:

    Such requirements are contrary to EU law.

  3. Fabrice:

    I'm neither for nor against, on the contrary!

  4. Hermione Gingold:

    Contrary to popular belief, English women do not wear tweed nightgowns.

  5. William Minor:

    Muslims go contrary to my beliefs, it’s antithetical to the idea of freedom.

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