VERBS be, run, seem These results run contrary to our expectations. It seems contrary to common sense.
ADV. completely, directly, entirely, quite, totally My own experience is completely contrary. The new claim is directly contrary to what was originally stated. | clearly
PREP. to Contrary to what the public was told, weapons were still being exported.
PHRASES contrary to expectations Contrary to expectations, we didn't have any hold-ups on the journey. | contrary to popular belief Contrary to popular belief, the economy is doing well.