- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM opposition
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH oppositionapposition, opposition
How to use opposition in a sentence
It did so because, from the beginning, its targets were not only Obama, whom it saw as an illegitimate president, but because it regarded as a quisling any Republican whose opposition to Obama was not strong, outraged or effective enough.The Republican Party’s future: Being terrorized by its unhinged base|Paul Waldman|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
During a public hearing last month, the Oahu Surfrider Foundation and Sierra Club testified in opposition to the renovations, as did neighbors concerned about the potential impact of the project on the beach fronting their properties.Oceanfront Property Tied to Obama Granted Exemption From Hawaii’s Environmental Laws|by Sophie Cocke, Honolulu Star-Advertiser|November 18, 2020|ProPublica
This opposition became so pronounced in the summer that online shops sold fake “mask exemption” cards, labeled with stolen Justice Department imagery, by the hundreds.Wearing a mask isn’t just about protecting other people, the CDC says. It can help you — and might prevent lockdowns.|Ben Guarino, Lena H. Sun, Ariana Eunjung Cha|November 12, 2020|Washington Post
Talks are now set to start Monday afternoon, and opposition parties have already said they’re unlikely to give their support.
In Assembly District 77, Republican June Cutter Yang, an employment attorney, made her opposition to AB 5 central to her campaign.
That enemies—like the formerly oppositional de Klerk—can become allies.
The problem with being really satisfied with an oppositional strategy is that it makes it awfully hard to be for something.
I was never diagnosed with disorders like Oppositional Defiant Disorder or Asperger's Syndrome.
After a battery of psychological tests, Sean had been diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorder.Should Juvenile Criminals Be Sentenced Like Adults?|Clark Merrefield|November 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Or it can fall victim to the minefield of oppositional street politics.Occupy Oakland’s Violent Turn Proves the Movement Has Lost Its Way|Christopher Haugh|January 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
To this normal state of oppositional contraction the name "muscular tonicity" is given.The Psychology of Singing|David C. Taylor
Thereupon the oppositional elements increased in numbers and displayed a marked combative disposition.The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference|Emile Joseph Dillon
Oppositional splendour is there, and the stained radiance of a Bachian chorale.Unicorns|James Huneker
He reveals a genuine feeling for his subjects, and always tries to introduce into his works a simple oppositional line.Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning|Willard Huntington Wright
The oppositional Evening Journal has missed a capital opportunity of weeping over the barbarity of the soldateska.
British Dictionary definitions for opposition
- the opposition a 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 opposition a diagram representing these relations with the contradictory propositions at diagonally opposite corners