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averse

[uh-vurs] /əˈvɜrs/
adjective
1.
having a strong feeling of opposition, antipathy, repugnance, etc.; opposed:
He is not averse to having a drink now and then.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; (< Middle French) < Latin āversus turned away, averted (past participle of āvertere), equivalent to ā- a-4 + vert- turn + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
aversely, adverb
averseness, noun
Can be confused
adverse, averse (see usage note at adverse)
Synonyms
unwilling, loath. See reluctant.
Antonyms
inclined, eager.
Usage note
See adverse.
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British Dictionary definitions for aversenesses

averse

/əˈvɜːs/
adjective
1.
(postpositive) usually foll by to. opposed, disinclined, or loath
2.
(of leaves, flowers, etc) turned away from the main stem Compare adverse (sense 4)
Derived Forms
aversely, adverb
averseness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin āversus, from āvertere to turn from, from vertere to turn
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Word Origin and History for aversenesses

averse

adj.

mid-15c., "turned away in mind or feeling," from Old French avers and directly from Latin aversus "turned away, turned back," past participle of avertere (see avert). Originally and usually in English in the mental sense, while avert is used in a physical sense.

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