Definition of adverse in English:
- 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.
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).
- 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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