noun Date: 14th century 1. a configuration in which one celestial body is opposite another (as the sun) in the sky or in which the elongation is near or equal to 180 degrees 2. the relation between two propositions having the same subject and predicate but differing in quantity or quality or both 3. an act of setting opposite or over against ; the condition of being so set 4. hostile or contrary action or condition 5. a. something that opposes; specifically a body of persons opposing something b. often capitalized a political party opposing and prepared to replace the party in power • oppositional adjective

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