SYNONYMS FOR adverse
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Origin of adverse
synonym study for adverse
words often confused with adverse
OTHER WORDS FROM adversead·verse·ly, adverbad·verse·ness, nounun·ad·verse, adjectiveun·ad·verse·ness, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH adverseadverse , averse (see usage note at the current entry)
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ADVERSE VS. AVERSE
What's the difference between adverse and averse?
Adverse most commonly means unfavorable or hostile, as in adverse conditions, adverse weather, or adverse criticism. Averse means strongly opposed to or having a feeling of strong dislike toward something, as in I’m extremely averse to taking on debt.
Averse is often used in negative constructions, as in We are not averse to negotiations. It’s also used in the term risk-averse, meaning reluctant to take risks or tending to avoid risk.
Confusion can arise between the two terms because both are adjectives that involve unfavorableness or opposition. However, adverse typically describes circumstances, while averse typically describes the way someone feels toward something.
One way to remember which word is which is to remember that adverse, in a very general sense, means bad, which rhymes with the first part of the word. On the other hand, when you’re averse to something, you have a very strong opposition to it.
It may also be helpful to remember that the noun form of adverse is adversity, which means hostile or unfavorable conditions. The noun form of averse is aversion, meaning a strong feeling of dislike or opposition.
Here’s an example of adverse and averse used correctly in a sentence.
Example: I’m not averse to taking risks for the sake of adventure, but I just don’t think it’s safe to skydive in such adverse weather.
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Example sentences from the Web for adverse
The “plastic” antibodies saved mice from cobra venom, and healthy mice that received them had no adverse reactions, the team reported in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.Cheap, innovative venom treatments could save tens of thousands of snakebite victims|Christie Wilcox|September 19, 2020|Science News
The company said there had been no serious adverse reactions among any of those receiving the vaccine.China’s Sinovac plans to test COVID vaccine on children before the company is sure the inoculation works in adults|Grady McGregor|September 18, 2020|Fortune
Between 2015 to 2019, health-care professionals, patients, and manufacturers filed nearly 2,500 reports to the FDA about an adverse reaction to an excipient.The ‘inactive' ingredients in your pills could harm you|By Yelena Ionova/The Conversation|September 15, 2020|Popular Science
So far, Sinopharm reports that no one who has received its vaccines through the emergency program has experienced obvious adverse effects, and none have been infected with Covid-19.China has quietly vaccinated more than 100,000 people for Covid-19 before completing safety trials|Lili Pike|September 11, 2020|Vox
If the vaccine caused the illness — known as a serious adverse event — it could spell the end for AstraZeneca’s vaccine hopes.Here’s what pausing the AstraZeneca-Oxford coronavirus vaccine trial really means|Aimee Cunningham|September 9, 2020|Science News
“Any time you put a foreign substance into anybody you have the potential for an adverse event,” Geisbert reminds.
I think it's good that it doesn't look like there was any serious adverse event, I mean, nobody was hospitalized.
Human trials of the Ebola vaccine have been temporarily shut down due to adverse side effects.
However, just because a vaccine is replication-defective does not mean that you won't have an adverse event.
For the individual patient, there is the potential for side effects or adverse reactions.Without Education, Antibiotic Resistance Will Be Our Greatest Health Crisis|Russell Saunders|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At last his anxiety reached a point where he was positive that if he received an adverse decision, it would surely kill him.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
He must have seen, long before November 1292, that an adverse decision was a foregone conclusion.King Robert the Bruce|A. F. Murison
Clear as our case was to us the Conference seemed unconvinced, and we began to fear an adverse vote.
It is true that an adverse claimant cannot give any title to her husband's land that would bar her right thereto.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman|Albert Sidney Bolles
Adverse critics contended that he unduly protected the Filipino to the prejudice of the white manʼs interest.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman