adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French advers, from Latin adversus, past participle of advertere Date: 14th century 1. acting against or in a contrary direction ; hostile <
hindered by adverse winds
2. a. opposed to one's interests <
an adverse verdict
heard testimony adverse to their position
; especially unfavorable <
adverse criticism
b. causing harm ; harmful <
adverse drug effects
3. archaic opposite in position • adversely adverbadverseness noun

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  • adverse — ad·verse /ad vərs, ad ˌvərs/ adj: opposed to one s interests: operating to one s detriment an adverse verdict Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. adverse …   Law dictionary

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  • adverse — 1 Adverse, antagonistic, counter, counteractive mean so opposed as to cause interference, often harmful or fatal interference. All four may be applied to one thing that comes into conflict with another {an adverse policy} {an adverse wind had so… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adverse — UK US /ˈædvɜːs/ adjective [before noun] ► harmful or likely to cause problems: »A chain reaction of adverse events in the financial markets has put lenders under severe pressure. adverse effect/impact/change »Recent bad publicity has had an… …   Financial and business terms

  • adverse — adverse, averse These two words both come from the Latin word vertere ‘to turn’, but averse (= turning away) means ‘opposed to’ and is typically used in negative contexts of people, whereas adverse (= turning towards, hostilely) is used of things …   Modern English usage

  • adverse — ADVERSE. adj. Contraire. Il n est d usage qu en ces deux phrases, Fortune adverse, Partie adverse, dont la dernière ne se dit qu en style de Barreau, et signifie La personne contre qui l on plaide. On dit aussi, L Avocat adverse …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • adverse — (adj.) late 14c., contrary, opposing, from O.Fr. avers (13c., Mod.Fr. adverse) antagonistic, unfriendly, contrary, foreign (e.g. gent avers infidel race ), from L. adversus turned against, turned toward, fronting, facing, figuratively hostile,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • adverse — Adverse. adjectif. Contraire. Il n a d usage qu en ces deux phrases. Fortune adverse. partie adverse. C est la personne contre qui on plaide …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • adverse — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ harmful; unfavourable. DERIVATIVES adversely adverb. USAGE A common error is to use adverse instead of averse, as in I am not adverse to helping out , rather than the correct form I am not averse to helping out. ORIGIN Latin… …   English terms dictionary

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