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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 of adversative
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 from the Web for adversative
Historical Examples
  • But the conjunction is often omitted in copulative and adversative clauses, as in Sec.

    An English Grammar W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell
  • Then let him deliberately use the adversative but, and proceed to the discussion of B.

  • They accordingly emphasize the adversative idea, and are properly Subordinate adversative Clauses.

    New Latin Grammar Charles E. Bennett
  • Without the adversative, the colon is to be preferred: "Prosperity showeth vice: adversity, virtue."

    The Verbalist Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
  • Another example is, "Only the star dazzles; the planet has a faint, moon-like ray" (adversative).

    An English Grammar W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell
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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