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[ op-uh-zish-uhn ]


  1. the action of opposing, resisting, or combating.
  2. antagonism or hostility.
  3. a person or group of people opposing, criticizing, or protesting something, someone, or another group.
  4. Sometimes Opposition. the major political party opposed to the party in power and seeking to replace it.
  5. the act of placing opposite, or the state or position of being placed opposite.
  6. the act of opposing, or the state of being opposed by way of comparison or contrast.
  7. Logic.
    1. the relation between two propositions that have the same subject and predicate, but which differ in quantity or quality, or in both.
    2. 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.
  8. Astronomy. the situation of two heavenly bodies when their longitudes or right ascensions differ by 180°:

    The moon is in opposition to the sun when the earth is directly between them.

  9. Astrology. the situation of two heavenly bodies or groups of heavenly bodies whose celestial longitudes differ by 180°, conducive to confrontation or revelation: an astrological aspect.
  10. Electricity. the condition that exists when two waves of the same frequency are out of phase by one-half of a period.
  11. Linguistics.
    1. the relationship between any two alternative units within a linguistic system, especially between minimally distinct phonemes.
    2. the feature that constitutes the difference between two such units.


/ ˌɒpəˈzɪʃən /


  1. the act of opposing or the state of being opposed
  2. hostility, unfriendliness, or antagonism
  3. a person or group antagonistic or opposite in aims to another
    1. a political party or group opposed to the ruling party or government
    2. ( capital as part of a name, esp in Britain and other Commonwealth countries )

      Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition

    3. (of a political party) opposing the government
  4. a position facing or opposite another
  5. the act of placing something facing or opposite something else
  6. something that acts as an obstacle to some course or progress
  7. astronomy
    1. 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
    2. the position of two celestial bodies when they appear to be diametrically opposite each other on the celestial sphere Compare conjunction
  8. astrology an exact aspect of 180° between two planets, etc, an orb of 8° being allowed See conjunction square trine
  9. logic
    1. 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
    2. a diagram representing these relations with the contradictory propositions at diagonally opposite corners
  10. the opposition
    chess a relative position of the kings in the endgame such that the player who has the move is at a disadvantage

    his opponent has the opposition


/ ŏp′ə-zĭshən /

  1. A characteristic movement of the primate thumb, in which the pad of the thumb can be placed in contact with the pads of the fingers of the same hand.
  2. The position of two celestial bodies when their celestial longitude differs by 180°, especially a configuration in which Earth lies on a straight line between the Sun and a superior planet or the Moon. Planets in this position rise as the Sun sets and are visible all night long, reaching their highest point in the sky at midnight; the Moon in this position is full.
  3. Compare conjunctionSee more at elongation

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Derived Forms

  • ˌoppoˈsitionless, adjective
  • ˌoppoˈsitionist, noun
  • ˌoppoˈsitional, adjective

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Other Words From

  • op·po·si·tion·al adjective
  • op·po·si·tion·less adjective
  • non·op·po·si·tion noun
  • pre·op·po·si·tion noun
  • su·per·op·po·si·tion noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of opposition1

First recorded in 1350–1400; from Latin oppositiōn- (stem of oppositiō ), equivalent to opposit(us) ( opposite ) + -iōn- -ion; replacing Middle English opposicioun, from Old French opposicion, from Latin as above

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Example Sentences

They also spearheaded an ultimately successful effort to remove an opposition president.

For starters, previous recall campaigns that have made the ballot have done so thanks to intense grassroots opposition to the governor, but this one may deserve a bit of an asterisk because of all the extra time it had to collect signatures.

Leading opposition figures say there was no coup attempt — and that Moïse is no longer president.

From Axios

Progress happens, and alongside it, opposition grows as well.

From Time

Although no one has officially registered any opposition to a new bill introduced by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, not everyone agrees that giving students a re-do is a good idea.

First, as opposition to gay marriage collapses, American anti-LGBT activists will slow their battle against it.

The bill, which passed Congress without opposition, is only a temporary fix and expires in 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.

As for his harsh—some might even say paranoid—opposition to European integration, “most of us would support him.”

Never had Punch secured the telling of that tale with so little opposition.

"You are very sure of opposition—strangely sure, monsieur," said Garnache, looking him between the eyes.

Wait patiently until your side move over from the Opposition to the Government benches.

At the store he would never have given in, but he was not accustomed to hearing so loud a murmur of approval greet the opposition.

The Alcaid and his officers seized the favourable moment, and entered the house without opposition.


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