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to the contrary

Opposite to what has just been said. Our business is not receding; to the contrary, we are experiencing a very robust level of growth. A: "Don't you hate Brussels sprouts?" B: "To the contrary, I think they can be very tasty—if they're cooked the right way."
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to the contrary

 and on the contrary
as the opposite of what has been stated; contrary to what has been stated. The brown horse didn't beat the black horse. To the contrary, the black one won. Among spiders, the male is not the larger one. On the contrary, the female is larger.
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to the contrary

To the opposite effect, in denial, as in No matter what they say to the contrary, I am positive that he was present. This idiom was first recorded in 1512. Also see on the contrary.
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to the ˈcontrary

showing or proving the opposite: Unless you hear from me to the contrary, expect me on Friday at about 6 o’clock.She was convinced that John was not capable of murder, in spite of all the evidence to the contrary.
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to the contrary

To the opposite effect from what has been stated or what is expected: Despite what you say to the contrary, this contract is fair.
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Despite all the reports to the contrary, the notoriously difficult Kilmer is, says producer Mace Neufeld, ``A pleasure to work with.
Unlike the "substantial authority" standard, however, the "reasonable basis" standard does not require that the authorities supporting a position bear any particular relationship to the contrary authorities.
In the absence of a clear legislative expression to the contrary, the question of who properly should possess the right of use of the money owed the government for the period it is owed must be answered in favor of the government.
Recently, an appropriate individual in the IRS National Office unofficially and informally indicated that there is no subsequent IRS position or pronouncement to the contrary.
The proposed regulations set out optional procedures on which the loss corporation may rely for making this determination, except to the extent it has actual knowledge to the contrary.