A a


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ad-vurs, ad-vurs]
    • /ædˈvɜrs, ˈæd vɜrs/
    • /ˈæd.vɜːs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ad-vurs, ad-vurs]
    • /ædˈvɜrs, ˈæd vɜrs/

Definitions of adversely word

  • adjective adversely unfavorable or antagonistic in purpose or effect: adverse criticism. 1
  • adjective adversely opposing one's interests or desire: adverse circumstances. 1
  • adjective adversely being or acting in a contrary direction; opposed or opposing: adverse winds. 1
  • adjective adversely opposite; confronting: the adverse page. 1
  • noun adversely The adjectives adverse and averse are related both etymologically and semantically, each having “opposition” as a central sense. Adverse is seldom used of people but rather of effects or events, and it usually conveys a sense of hostility or harmfulness:  adverse reviews; adverse winds; adverse trends in the economy.  Related nouns are adversity and adversary:  Adversities breed bitterness. His adversaries countered his every move.  Averse is used of persons and means “feeling opposed or disinclined”; it often occurs idiomatically with a preceding negative to convey the opposite meaning “willing or agreeable,” and is not interchangeable with adverse in these contexts:  We are not averse to holding another meeting.  The related noun is aversion: She has a strong aversion to violence. Averse is usually followed by to, in older use occasionally by from. 1
  • noun adversely In an adverse manner. 1

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Origin of adversely

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French advers < Latin adversus hostile (past participle of advertere), equivalent to ad- ad- + vert- turn + -tus past participle suffix, with -tt- > -s-

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Parts of speech for Adversely


adversely popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 85% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for adversely

adv adversely

  • skeptically — inclined to skepticism; having an attitude of doubt: a skeptical young woman who will question whatever you say.
  • negatively — expressing or containing negation or denial: a negative response to the question.
  • resentful — full of or marked by resentment.
  • sympathetic — characterized by, proceeding from, exhibiting, or feeling sympathy; sympathizing; compassionate: a sympathetic listener.
  • unfavorably — not favorable; contrary; adverse: an unfavorable wind.

adverb adversely

  • harmful — causing or capable of causing harm; injurious: a harmful idea; a harmful habit.
  • badly — If something is done badly or goes badly, it is not very successful or effective.
  • unpleasant — not pleasant; displeasing; disagreeable; offensive: an unpleasant taste; an unpleasant situation; an unpleasant manner.
  • poorly — in a poor manner or way: The team played poorly.
  • helpful — giving or rendering aid or assistance; of service: Your comments were very helpful.

Antonyms for adversely

adverb adversely

  • favorably — characterized by approval or support; positive: a favorable report.

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