What is Contrary ?
Contrary is (adj) 1. opposite Most people agreed with the speaker, but one or two expressed contrary views. 2. contrary to in opposition to Contrary to what you would expect, the desert gets quite cold at night. 3. always doing the opposite of what you want She’s such a contrary child.(noun) the contrary the opposite on the contrary just the opposite I’m not annoyed with her – on the contrary, I think she has done the right thing. to the contrary stating the opposite We will go on with the plans for the exhibition unless we hear to the contrary. Smoking used to be considered harmless, but now the evidence is to the contrary.
source: Easier English, Student Dictionary Upper Intermediate Level