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adversative

[ ad-vur-suh-tiv ]
/ ædˈvɜr sə tɪv /
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adjective

expressing contrariety, opposition, or antithesis: “But” is an adversative conjunction.

noun

an adversative word or proposition.

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Origin of adversative

1525–35; <Late Latin adversātīvus, equivalent to adversāt(us) (past participle of adversārī to resist; see adverse, -ate1) + -īvus-ive

OTHER WORDS FROM adversative

ad·ver·sa·tive·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for adversative

adversative
/ (ədˈvɜːsətɪv) grammar /

adjective

(of a word, phrase, or clause) implying opposition or contrast. But and although are adversative conjunctions introducing adversative clauses

noun

an adversative word or speech element
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