Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. From a contrasting point of view.
  • adv. In the opposite way or reverse order.
  • adv. In a perverse manner.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. in the contrary or opposite way, order, or direction
  • adv. on the other hand

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. On the contrary; oppositely; on the other hand.
  • adv. In a contrary order; conversely.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • On the contrary; oppositely; on the other hand.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. contrary to expectations
  • adv. with the order reversed
  • adv. in a contrary disobedient manner

Etymologies

contrary +‎ -wise (Wiktionary)

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