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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ad-vur-suh-tiv]
    • /ædˈvɜr sə tɪv/
    • /əd.ˈvɜː.sə.tɪv/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ad-vur-suh-tiv]
    • /ædˈvɜr sə tɪv/

Definitions of adversative word

  • adjective adversative (of a word, phrase, or clause) implying opposition or contrast. But and although are adversative conjunctions introducing adversative clauses 3
  • noun adversative an adversative word or speech element 3
  • adjective adversative expressing opposition or antithesis, as the words but, yet, however 3
  • noun adversative an adversative word 3
  • adjective adversative expressing contrariety, opposition, or antithesis: “But” is an adversative conjunction. 1
  • noun adversative an adversative word or proposition. 1

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Origin of adversative

First appearance:

before 1525
One of the 28% oldest English words
1525-35; < Late Latin adversātīvus, equivalent to adversāt(us) (past participle of adversārī to resist; see adverse, -ate1) + -īvus -ive

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Parts of speech for Adversative


adversative popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 75% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

adversative usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for adversative

adj adversative

  • antagonistic — If a person is antagonistic to someone or something, they show hatred or dislike towards them.
  • adverse — Adverse decisions, conditions, or effects are unfavourable to you.
  • antipathetic — having or arousing a strong aversion
  • opposed — to act against or provide resistance to; combat.

adjective adversative

  • opposing — to act against or provide resistance to; combat.

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