On the contrary
Contrary Con"tra*ry, n.; pl. {Contraries}. 1. A thing that is of contrary or opposite qualities. [1913 Webster]

No contraries hold more antipathy Than I and such a knave. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. An opponent; an enemy. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

3. the opposite; a proposition, fact, or condition incompatible with another; as, slender proofs which rather show the contrary. See {Converse}, n., 1. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

4. (Logic) See {Contraries}. [1913 Webster]

{On the contrary}, in opposition; on the other hand. --Swift.

{To the contrary}, to an opposite purpose or intent; on the other side. ``They did it, not for want of instruction to the contrary.'' --Bp. Stillingfleet. [1913 Webster]


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