Try Our Apps


Supposedly vs. Supposably


[uh-pohz] /əˈpoʊz/
verb (used with object), opposed, opposing.
to act against or provide resistance to; combat.
to stand in the way of; hinder; obstruct.
to set as an opponent or adversary.
to be hostile or adverse to, as in opinion:
to oppose a resolution in a debate.
to set as an obstacle or hindrance.
to set against in some relation, especially as to demonstrate a comparison or contrast:
to oppose advantages to disadvantages.
to use or take as being opposite or contrary.
to set (something) over against something else in place, or to set (two things) so as to face or be opposite to one another.
verb (used without object), opposed, opposing.
to be or act in opposition.
Origin of oppose
1350-1400; Middle English < Old French opposer, blend of Latin oppōnere to set against and Old French poser to pose1, associated with the L past participle oppositus
Related forms
opposer, noun
opposingly, adverb
nonopposing, adjective
preoppose, verb (used with object), preopposed, preopposing.
preopposed, adjective
quasi-opposed, adjective
reoppose, verb (used with object), reopposed, reopposing.
unopposed, adjective
unopposing, adjective
1. confront, contravene. Oppose, resist, withstand imply setting up a force against something. The difference between oppose and resist is somewhat that between offensive and defensive action. To oppose is mainly to fight against, in order to thwart, certain tendencies or procedures of which one does not approve: The lobbyists opposed the passage of the bill. Resist suggests that the subject is already threatened by the forces, or by the imminent possibility, against which he or she struggles: to resist temptation. Again, whereas oppose always suggests an attitude of great disapproval, resist may imply an inner struggle in which the will is divided: She tried unsuccessfully to resist the temptation to eat dessert. Withstand generally implies successful resistance; it may refer to endurance that allows one to emerge unharmed (to withstand a shock ), as well as to active resistance: to withstand an attack. 2. prevent. 4. contradict.
1. support, help. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for unopposed
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • The course of Christianity in the future will not be an unopposed, easy march to victory.

    The Gist of Japan R. B. Peery
  • There was an authority in his bearing that gained him unopposed entrance.

    From the Car Behind Eleanor M. Ingram
  • Most of the Spaniards were wounded while on the water, as the Indians continually shot their arrows against them unopposed.

  • On they dashed, unopposed and unobstructed, until Buckland Mills was reached.

    Sword and Pen John Algernon Owens
  • The occupation of the mine craters themselves was, of course, unopposed as there was no one there to offer opposition.

    The Emma Gees Herbert Wes McBride
British Dictionary definitions for unopposed


not opposed: elected unopposed as party president


(transitive) to fight against, counter, or resist strongly
(transitive) to be hostile or antagonistic to; be against
(transitive) to place or set in opposition; contrast or counterbalance
(transitive) to place opposite or facing
(intransitive) to be or act in opposition
Derived Forms
opposer, noun
opposing, adjective
opposingly, adverb
oppositive (əˈpɒzɪtɪv) adjective
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin oppōnere, from ob- against + pōnere to place
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for unopposed

1650s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of oppose.



late 14c., from Old French oposer "oppose, resist, rival; contradict, state opposing point of view" (12c.), from poser "to place, lay down" (see pose (v.1)), blended with Latin opponere "oppose, object to, set against" (see opponent). Related: Opposed; opposing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for oppose

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for unopposed

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for unopposed