Definition of adversative in English:
(Of a word or phrase) expressing opposition or antithesis.
- 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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