adversative

[ ad-vur-suh-tiv ]
/ ædˈvɜr sə tɪv /

adjective

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

noun

an adversative word or proposition.

Nearby words

  1. adverbial phrase,
  2. advergame,
  3. adversarial,
  4. adversary,
  5. adversaryism,
  6. adversative asyndeton,
  7. adverse,
  8. adverse possession,
  9. adverse pressure gradient,
  10. adverse reaction

Origin of adversative

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

Related formsad·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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