to\ the\ contrary

to\ the\ contrary
adv or adj. phr.
With an opposite result or effect; just the opposite; in disagreement; saying the opposite.

Although Bill was going to the movies, he told Joe to the contrary.

We will expect you for dinner unless we get word to the contrary.

School gossip to the contrary, Mary is not engaged to be married.

Compare: on the contrary

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  • the contrary */ — UK [ˈkɒntrərɪ] / US [ˈkɑnˌtrerɪ] noun the opposite Evidence suggests that the contrary is true. quite the contrary: I don t disagree – quite the contrary – I think you re absolutely right. • on the contrary to the contrary …   English dictionary

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  • the contrary — the opposite. → contrary …   English new terms dictionary

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  • to the contrary — {adv.} or {adj. phr.} With an opposite result or effect; just the opposite; in disagreement; saying the opposite. * /Although Bill was going to the movies, he told Joe to the contrary./ * /We will expect you for dinner unless we get word to the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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