ALL meanings of adverse

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  • adjective adverse Adverse decisions, conditions, or effects are unfavourable to you. 3
  • adjective adverse antagonistic or inimical; hostile 3
  • adjective adverse unfavourable to one's interests 3
  • adjective adverse contrary or opposite in direction or position 3
  • adjective adverse (of leaves, flowers, etc) facing the main stem 3
  • adjective adverse moving or working in an opposite or contrary direction; opposed 3
  • adjective adverse unfavorable; harmful 3
  • adjective adverse opposite in position 3
  • adjective adverse turned toward the stem 3
  • noun adverse Preventing success or development; harmful; unfavorable. 1
  • adjective adverse negative, unpleasant 1
  • adjective adverse of opposite direction 1
  • adjective adverse unfavorable or antagonistic in purpose or effect: adverse criticism. 1
  • adjective adverse opposing one's interests or desire: adverse circumstances. 1
  • adjective adverse being or acting in a contrary direction; opposed or opposing: adverse winds. 1
  • adjective adverse opposite; confronting: the adverse page. 1
  • noun adverse 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
  • adjective adverse Unfavorable; antagonistic in purpose or effect; hostile; actively opposing one's interests or wishes; contrary to one's welfare; acting against; working in an opposing direction. 0
  • adjective adverse Opposed; contrary; opposing one's interests or desire. 0
  • adjective adverse (not comparable) Opposite; confronting. 0
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