Adverse possession
Adverse Ad"verse, a. [OE. advers, OF. avers, advers, fr. L. adversus, p. p. advertere to turn to. See {Advert}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Acting against, or in a contrary direction; opposed; contrary; opposite; conflicting; as, adverse winds; an adverse party; a spirit adverse to distinctions of caste. [1913 Webster]

2. Opposite. ``Calpe's adverse height.'' --Byron. [1913 Webster]

3. In hostile opposition to; unfavorable; unpropitious; contrary to one's wishes; unfortunate; calamitous; afflictive; hurtful; as, adverse fates, adverse circumstances, things adverse. [1913 Webster]

Happy were it for us all if we bore prosperity as well and wisely as we endure an adverse fortune. --Southey. [1913 Webster]

{Adverse possession} (Law), a possession of real property avowedly contrary to some claim of title in another person. --Abbott. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Averse; reluctant; unwilling. See {Averse}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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