Definition of adversative in English:

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Pronunciation: /ədˈvərsədiv/


(Of a word or phrase) expressing opposition or antithesis.
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.


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

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Syllabification: ad·ver·sa·tive

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