- expressing contrariety, opposition, or antithesis: “But” is an adversative conjunction.
- an adversative word or proposition.
Origin of adversative
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Examples from the Web for adversative
Then let him deliberately use the adversative but, and proceed to the discussion of B.The Century Handbook of Writing
They accordingly emphasize the adversative idea, and are properly Subordinate Adversative Clauses.New Latin Grammar
Charles E. Bennett
Without the adversative, the colon is to be preferred: "Prosperity showeth vice: adversity, virtue."The Verbalist
Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
Another example is, "Only the star dazzles; the planet has a faint, moon-like ray" (adversative).
But the conjunction is often omitted in copulative and adversative clauses, as in Sec.
- (of a word, phrase, or clause) implying opposition or contrast. But and although are adversative conjunctions introducing adversative clauses
- an adversative word or speech element
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