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adversative

[ad-vur-suh-tiv] /ædˈvɜr sə tɪv/
adjective
1.
expressing contrariety, opposition, or antithesis:
“But” is an adversative conjunction.
noun
2.
an adversative word or proposition.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; < Late Latin adversātīvus, equivalent to adversāt(us) (past participle of adversārī to resist; see adverse, -ate1) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
adversatively, adverb
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Examples for adversative
  • Mediation is less costly and adversative than a due process hearing and is completely voluntary for both parties.
  • For example, the conjunctions however and despite the fact that can be used to reflect adversative relations.
British Dictionary definitions for adversative

adversative

/ədˈvɜːsətɪv/
adjective
1.
(of a word, phrase, or clause) implying opposition or contrast. But and although are adversative conjunctions introducing adversative clauses
noun
2.
an adversative word or speech element
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