View synonyms for opposing


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  1. fighting or acting against something or someone:

    The Taoist concept of health is harmony between the opposing forces of the natural world—between yin and yang.

    Humane treatment of prisoners ensured that many combatants in the opposing army preferred captivity over death in battle.

  2. of or being a player, team, participant, etc., competing against another in a game or contest:

    If a game is rained out, reschedule a makeup date with the opposing captain.

    The single most important reason citizens voted that year was to ensure that the opposing candidate lost.

  3. being, expressing, or supporting a hostile or conflicting opinion, proposal, etc.:

    The reporters responsible for those stories failed to balance their coverage with an opposing view.

    One faction wants to return us to the 1950s, while the opposing faction wants to adapt to the 21st century.

  4. standing in the way of someone or something; being or providing a hindrance:

    Sometimes, despite all opposing circumstances, a painful step or two of progress will be achieved.

  5. facing something else, or moving in the other direction:

    We waited as the opposing traffic cleared, and then it was our turn to go.

    The rails are to be mounted parallel to one another on opposing walls of the cargo area.

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Other Words From

  • op·pos·ing·ly adverb
  • non·op·pos·ing adjective
  • un·op·pos·ing adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of opposing1

First recorded in 1580–90, as a noun; oppos(e) ( def ) + -ing 2( def )

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Example Sentences

It’s those high-impact, high-leverage questions that the entrepreneurs tend to find helpful engaging with me, as opposed to very detailed day-to-day things that most of the entrepreneurs I work with tend to be quite capable of doing.

It’s been a wild ride for Robinson since he went viral while opposing a gun show ban at that 2018 city council meeting.

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Their proprietary bird—a three-way cross between a Transylvanian Naked Neck, a heritage Delaware, and an unnamed breed developed by Evans' grandfather—matures in 60 to 65 days, as opposed to the usual 40 or so.

He ran for president in the 2016 GOP primary, with a campaign focused on resolving partisan divisions and opposing the rancor that now dominates political life.

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The Ravens got an important win against a tough Colts team, but we’re afraid that opposing defenses have gotten better at containing Lamar Jackson.

Those opposing same-sex marriage are on their heels, and increasingly unwilling or unable to make a stand against it.

It was Orlando vs. Justin in an Ibiza melee with two highly unlikely opposing parties.

They took an anti-establishment stance to a new level, openly opposing the government.

The king set about punishing Marshal, opposing his attempts to establish his family in their lands in Ireland and Wales.

Suddenly, a  tall, curly haired white man appeared and thrust himself in the middle of the opposing forces.

His object was to reach Allahabad that night—not to hew his way through opposing hordes and risk being cut down in the process.

With that opposing force behind us, we bore away across the shrouded benches, straight for the mouth of Sage Creek.

The proposed line was in direct competition with the Great Northern, and they sought my aid in opposing it.

This from opposing counsel was a compliment indeed, and I was much complimented upon it.

Postmaster Pratt appeared certain of better than a hundred, and so did the opposing party.


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