Definition of adversarial in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌadvərˈserēəl/


1Involving or characterized by conflict or opposition: industry and government had an adversarial relationship
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  • With shared goals, there is less reason for conflict or adversarial relationships.
  • Working for opposing stations the two men relished the jokey adversarial relationship they shared - one which continues until today.
  • The Convention drew up a list of principles to guide the Parliament, including the aim to move away from the adversarial nature of Westminster and towards a model based on power-sharing and public participation.
1.1Opposed; hostile: the reviewer’s presumed adversarial relationship to his subject
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  • The organization is intended to be inquisitorial, as opposed to adversarial.
  • Being adversarial is not about creating enemies or escalating hostilities, but is a way to develop the dynamic conditions from which people learn to respect each other.
  • However, calling attention to the basic differences between the two fields does not mean they are opposites, nor necessarily adversarial in relationship.
1.2 Law (Of a trial or legal procedure) in which the parties in a dispute have the responsibility for finding and presenting evidence: equality between prosecution and defense is essential in an adversarial system of justice Compare with inquisitorial.
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  • In this tradition, a single judge both investigates and decides a case without benefit of an adversarial trial.
  • We have an adversarial system where evidence needs to be tested under cross-examination, so if we're going to put somebody behind bars, you need to establish charges beyond reasonable doubt.
  • If the parties fail to achieve a settlement through the collaborative law approach, the parties may then pursue adversarial court proceedings.



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  • Go back as far as you like, you'll find (some/many) literary theorists insisting that Lies Are Good while (some/many) historians adversarially promote an ethos of Just-the-Facts.
  • Eventually this pressure led in 1935 to a Parliamentary Select Committee enquiry into their case, conducted adversarially between two different systems of philosophy and treatment.
  • This Tribunal is enjoined to not only be fair, but also to be quick and to act inquisitorially and not adversarially.

Words that rhyme with adversarial

actuarial, aerial, areal, bursarial, commissarial, filarial, malarial, notarial, secretarial, vicarial

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Syllabification: ad·ver·sar·i·al

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