What does the word contrary mean?

Usage examples for contrary

  1. " I didn't mean to say anything against him, I assure you," said Tom; " on the contrary, I think him a fine old fellow. – Tom Brown at Oxford by Thomas Hughes
  2. On the contrary, I owe you a thousand thanks. – The Children's Book of Christmas Stories by Various
  3. In point of fact, the contrary is the case. – Feminism and Sex-Extinction by Arabella Kenealy