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View synonyms for adversative

adversative

[ ad-vur-suh-tiv ]

adjective

  1. expressing contrariety, opposition, or antithesis:

    “But” is an adversative conjunction.



noun

  1. an adversative word or proposition.

adversative

/ ədˈvɜːsətɪv /

adjective

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


noun

  1. an adversative word or speech element

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Other Words From

  • ad·versa·tive·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of adversative1

1525–35; < Late Latin adversātīvus, equivalent to adversāt ( us ) (past participle of adversārī to resist; adverse, -ate 1 ) + -īvus -ive

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Example Sentences

Without the adversative, the colon is to be preferred: "Prosperity showeth vice: adversity, virtue."

Another example is, "Only the star dazzles; the planet has a faint, moon-like ray" (adversative).

They are sometimes adversative; sometimes they are simply cumulative.

The que here has a slight adversative force, as is often the case with et.

But the conjunction is often omitted in copulative and adversative clauses, as in Sec.

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