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contrary
used in Atlas Shrugged

2 meanings, 5 uses
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1  —3 uses as in:
contrary to
Definition
in opposition to
  • Contrary to my usual policy, I have become a publicity hound.
    1.8 Part 1 Chapter 8 — The John Galt Line (52% in)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I think it's contrary to the intent of the Anti-dog-cat-dog Rule," he said angrily.
    1.7 Part 1 Chapter 7 — The Exploiters and the Exploited (23% in)
  • Contrary to a business firm, the State Science Institute had no trouble in obtaining funds for the Project.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (22% in)

There are no more uses of "contrary to" flagged with this meaning in Atlas Shrugged.

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2  —2 uses as in:
to the contrary
Definition
with an opposite or different effect; or something with an opposite or different effect
  • She stared in astonishment at a paragraph in a syndicated column from New York, which stated over emphatically that Mr. James Taggart wished it to be known that his sister had died in an airplane crash, any unpatriotic rumors to the contrary notwithstanding.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (36% in)
  • They proclaim that every man born is entitled to exist without labor and, the laws of reality to the contrary notwithstanding, is entitled to receive his 'minimum sustenance'-his food, his clothes, his shelter-with no effort on his part, as his due and his birthright.
    3.7 Part 3 Chapter 7 — "This is John Galt Speaking" (61% in)

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