Share this entry

contrariwise Line breaks: con|trari|wise
Pronunciation: /kənˈtrɛːrɪwʌɪz/

Definition of contrariwise in English:


1In the opposite way or order: it worked contrariwise—first you dialled the number then you put the money in
More example sentences
  • He dare not turn the wheel contrariwise.
1.1In contrast to something that has just been stated or mentioned: contrariwise, a registered person may vote, even if not entitled to be registered
More example sentences
  • Paradoxically, he then offers a contrariwise view of what differentiates American and Continental strategy on achieving a worthy and just international order.
  • Madeline, contrariwise, insisted on joining me in the search for food.
  • The very best instructor for students may have no conception of the higher lines of work in his branch, and contrariwise, how many brilliant investigators have been wretched teachers?

Words that rhyme with contrariwise

sidewise • likewise

Definition of contrariwise in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day doofus
Pronunciation: ˈduːfʌs
a stupid person