Adversary Ad"ver*sa*ry, a. 1. Opposed; opposite; adverse; antagonistic. [Archaic] --Bp. King. [1913 Webster]

2. (Law) Having an opposing party; not unopposed; as, an adversary suit. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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