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on the contrary


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on the contrary
     1. prep. (conjunctive) opposite of what had earlier been expected or assumed
     1. adj. In the state of being active, functioning or operating.
     2. adj. Performing according to schedule.
           Are we still on for tonight?
           Is the show still on?
     3. adj. (chiefly UK informal usually negative) Acceptable, appropriate.
     1. art. Definite grammatical article that implies necessarily that an entity it articulates is presupposed; something already mentioned, or completely specified later in that same sentence, or assumed already
           I’m reading the book. (Compare I’m reading a book.)
           The street in front of your house. (Compare A street in Paris.)
           The men and women watched the man give the birdseed to the bird.
     2. art.    Used before a noun modified by a restrictive relative clause, indicating that the noun refers to a single referent defined by the relative clause.
     1. adj. Opposite; in an opposite direction; in opposition; adverse.
           contrary winds
     2. adj. Opposed; contradictory; inconsistent.
           What may be politically correct could be contrary to the teachings of Jesus.
     3. adj. Given to opposition; perverse; wayward.

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Example Sentences

On the contrary, I remember only too well. 
On the contrary, this is just what he needs to rally his barons to his side. 
On the contrary, his only efforts at advancement were devoted to helping writers he admired. 
On the contrary, ideas and theories are the elemental sparks from heaven. 

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