Definition of opposed in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈpōzd/


1 [predicative] (opposed to) Eager to prevent or put an end to; disapproving of or disagreeing with: opposed to the construction of nuclear power plants
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  • Nor was there anything to prevent those opposed to the whole concept of school board education from standing for election and, if successful, from hampering the development of the system.
  • We are opposed to discrimination on the grounds of gender, religion, sexuality, race, and disability.
  • According to Mrs Newby, there is a silent majority of people in the village opposed to the construction of the new hall next to St Mary's.
against, (dead) set against;
in opposition to, averse to, hostile to, antagonistic to, antipathetic to, resistant to
informal anti
1.1In conflict or disagreement with; hostile to: most critics were opposed to the work
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  • Supporters of Franco greeted it with undisguised hostility, while those opposed to the regime hailed the movie, clearly responding to its symbolism.
  • I never quite understood why the West was so vehemently opposed to Communism, since it is only as bad as Fascism in practice, but immensely preferable in theory.
  • Those opposed to communism were held back from repatriation, which began in late December 1946.
2(Of two or more things) contrasting or conflicting with each other: the agency is being asked to do two diametrically opposed things
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  • As I see it and as I think the articles in this issue indicate, these two positions are neither diametrically opposed nor contradictory.
  • Why are they so diametrically opposed to each other?
  • Sometimes we are diametrically opposed to each other.


as opposed to

Distinguished from or in contrast with: an approach that is theoretical as opposed to practical
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  • Sometimes such optimism leads you to see the world as you wish it were as opposed to how it really is.
  • The style now is more urban, more freestyle as opposed to obviously choreographed.
  • Wenger thinks deeply about how to give his players what they need, as opposed to what they want.
in contrast with, as against, as contrasted with, rather than, instead of, as an alternative to

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Syllabification: op·posed

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