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on the con·tra·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contrarily, to the contrary, contrariwise, on the contraryadverb

    contrary to expectations

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


  1. on the contraryadverb

    opposite of what had earlier been expected or assumed


  1. On the Contrary

    On The Contrary is an oil on canvas painting by Kay Sage, painted in 1952. It is housed in the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


  1. on the contrary

    "On the contrary" is a phrase used to express that the opposite of what has just been mentioned or assumed is true. It is often utilized to introduce a statement or opinion that contrasts or disagrees with a previous one. The phrase indicates a contrast or reversal of something previously mentioned.

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  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

Examples of on the contrary in a Sentence

  1. Kazakh Energy Minister Vladimir Shkolnik:

    Our main demand is that the flow of dividends and profits to the republic (from TCO) should not be smaller, but on the contrary, should rise from this project's expansion.

  2. Jean Baptiste Lacordaire:

    Real excellence and humility are not incompatible one with the other, on the contrary they are twin sisters.

  3. Matthew Smith:

    On the contrary, this appears to be a move that's inconsistent with Thailand's human rights obligations.

  4. Daniel J. Boorstin:

    Knowledge is not simply another commodity. On the contrary. Knowledge is never used up. It increases by diffusion and grows by dispersion.

  5. Lafarge Chief Executive Bruno Lafont:

    My attitude since Sunday has been to show that men should not prevent this merger from going through and on the contrary should do everything to make it possible.

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