Definition of Adverse

1. Adjective. Contrary to your interests or welfare. "Made a place for themselves under the most untoward conditions"

Exact synonyms: Inauspicious, Untoward
Similar to: Unfavorable, Unfavourable
Derivative terms: Adversity, Adversity, Inauspiciousness

2. Adjective. In an opposing direction. "A contrary wind"
Exact synonyms: Contrary
Similar to: Unfavorable, Unfavourable

Definition of Adverse

1. a. Acting against, or in a contrary direction; opposed; contrary; opposite; conflicting; as, adverse winds; an adverse party; a spirit adverse to distinctions of caste.

2. v. t. To oppose; to resist.

Definition of Adverse

1. Adjective. Unfavorable; antagonistic in purpose or effect; hostile; actively opposing one's interests or wishes; contrary to one's welfare; acting against; working in an opposing direction. ¹

2. Adjective. Opposed; contrary; opposing one's interests or desire. ¹

3. Adjective. (not comparable) Opposite; confronting. ¹

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Definition of Adverse

1. acting in opposition [adj]

Medical Definition of Adverse

1. Harmful. (18 Nov 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Adverse

adversarial system
adversative conjunction
adverse (current term)
adverse drug reaction reporting systems
adverse effect
adverse event
adverse impact
adverse opinion
adverse parties
adverse party
adverse possession
adverse reaction
adverse selection
adverse witness
adverse witnesses
adversely possess

Literary usage of Adverse

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. History of Woman Suffrage by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan Brownell Anthony, Matilda Joslyn Gage (1886)
"... England Declares their Constitutional Right—The Courts give adverse Decisions—Jacob Bright secures the Municipal Franchise—First Public Meeting—Division ..."

2. Drug Use Among Racial/Ethnic Minorities edited by Andrea Kopstein (1998)
"adverse HEALTH CONSEQUENCES This chapter presents data on AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) cases from the Centers for Disease Control and ..."

3. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1904)
"Undoubtedly, if, in an adverse suit, the time of any particular matter is litigated, the judgment is conclusive; and if the date of discovery stated in the ..."

4. The Iliad of Homer by Homer, John Graham Cordery (1871)
"adverse in arms against him Peleus' Son Show'd like some hurtful lion, hardly press'd By a whole village hunting to the death ; Careless, disdainful first, ..."

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