Definition of adversative adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ədˈvɜːsətɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//ədˈvɜːrsətɪv//
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(of a word or phrase) expressing something that is opposed to or the opposite of what has been said the adversative conjunction ‘but’ Word Originlate Middle English: from French adversatif, -ive or late Latin adversativus, from Latin adversari ‘oppose’, from adversus ‘against, opposite’, past participle of advertere, from ad- ‘to’ + vertere ‘to turn’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: adversative