Definition of adverse in English:

adverse

Syllabification: ad·verse
Pronunciation: /adˈvərs, ˈadvərs
 
 
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adjective

Preventing success or development; harmful; unfavorable: taxes are having an adverse effect on production adverse weather conditions
More example sentences
  • Despite the adverse blustery weather conditions, it was clear that Oxford had the edge.
  • The development will not have any adverse effect upon bats or other wildlife living in the area.
  • She said the development would have major adverse impacts on the beauty of the landscape.
Synonyms

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French advers, from Latin adversus 'against, opposite', past participle of advertere, from ad- 'to' + vertere 'to turn'. Compare with averse.

Usage

Adverse means ‘hostile, unfavorable, opposed,’ and is usually applied to situations, conditions, or events—not to people: the dry weather has had an adverse effect on the garden. Averse is related in origin and also has the sense of ‘opposed,’ but is usually employed to describe a person’s attitude: I would not be averse to making the repairs myself. See also averse (usage).

Derivatives

adversely

adverb
More example sentences
  • Public servants are used to being compared, adversely, with the private sector.
  • The unity and character of our village has been adversely affected.
  • It will all come down to what is sustainable and what will not impact adversely on the park's fauna and flora.

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