ALL meanings of adversely

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  • noun adversely In an adverse manner. 1
  • 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
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