Definition of adversative in English:

adversative

Syllabification: ad·ver·sa·tive
Pronunciation: /ədˈvərsətiv
 
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adjective

Grammar
  • (Of a word or phrase) expressing opposition or antithesis.
    More example sentences
    • Davie qualifies bold assertions and subordinate escape-clauses, paradoxical epithets and sentences opening with an adversative link.
    • The French ‘cela dit’ is adversative, whereas the English ‘that is to say’ conveys equivalency.
    • This article will deal with a series of adversative conjunctions.

Origin

late Middle English: from French adversatif, -ive or late Latin adversativus, from Latin adversari 'oppose', from adversus (see adverse).

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