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  1. an adversative word or proposition.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for adversative

antagonistic, adverse, antipathetic, opposed, adversative

Examples from the Web for adversative

Historical Examples of adversative

  • Then let him deliberately use the adversative but, and proceed to the discussion of B.

  • 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).

    An English Grammar

    W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell

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

    An English Grammar

    W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell

British Dictionary definitions for adversative


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