- the relation between two propositions that have the same subject and predicate, but which differ in quantity or quality, or in both.
- the relation between two propositions in virtue of which the truth or falsity of one of them determines the truth or falsity of the other.
- the relationship between any two alternative units within a linguistic system, especially between minimally distinct phonemes.
- the feature that constitutes the difference between two such units.
Origin of opposition
Related Words for oppositionaction, hostility, resistance, struggle, enemy, rival, foe, rebel, opponent, violation, antithesis, competition, counteraction, defense, brush, clash, combat, contest, engagement, disapproval
Examples from the Web for opposition
Contemporary Examples of opposition
First, as opposition to gay marriage collapses, American anti-LGBT activists will slow their battle against it.‘Only God’ Can Stop Gay Marriage
January 6, 2015
The opposition responded with a month-long Occupy Abay (like Occupy Wall St) campaign, in which Udaltsov was one of key figures.
Other journalists and opposition activists languish in prison on similar charges.
Some of them, including Kurnosova, escaped the country as they faced a possible jail term for their opposition activity.Russians Plot Exiled Government in Kiev
December 16, 2014
In that case the device was to put the genius in opposition to a majority of established cultural tastes and codes.Why Can’t Movies Capture Genius?
December 14, 2014
Historical Examples of opposition
It was incumbent upon Mr. Gladstone to lead the opposition to this motion.
The Opposition was such as could no longer impede the operations of the next session.
But various interests were antagonized, and opposition was aroused.
The policy of the opposition was coercion, while that of the government was autonomy.
Concessions were made, but they failed to reconcile the opposition.
- the oppositiona political party or group opposed to the ruling party or government
- (capital as part of a name, esp in Britain and other Commonwealth countries)Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition
- in opposition(of a political party) opposing the government
- the position of an outer planet or the moon when it is in line or nearly in line with the earth as seen from the sun and is approximately at its nearest to the earth
- the position of two celestial bodies when they appear to be diametrically opposite each other on the celestial sphereCompare conjunction (def. 4)
- the relation between propositions having the same subject and predicate but differing in quality, quantity, or both, as with all men are wicked; no men are wicked; some men are not wicked
- square of oppositiona diagram representing these relations with the contradictory propositions at diagonally opposite corners
late 14c., an astrological term for the situation of two heavenly bodies exactly across from one another in the heavens, from Old French oposicion (12c.) or directly from Latin oppositionem (nominative oppositio) "act of opposing, a placing against," noun of action from past participle stem of opponere "set against" (see opponent). Meaning "that which is opposite something else" is from 1540s; meaning "contrast, antagonism" first attested 1580s; sense of "political party opposed to the one in power" is from 1704. Related: Oppositional.