Gram. expressing opposition or antithesis, as the words but, yet, however
Origin of adversativeLate Latin adversativus ; from Classical Latin adversatus, past participle of adversari, to be opposed to ; from adversus, adverse
an adversative word
Expressing antithesis or opposition: the adversative conjunction but.
A word that expresses antithesis or opposition.
Origin of adversativeLatin adversat&imacron;vus, from adversatus, past participle of adversar&imacron;, to oppose, from adversus, against; see adverse.
- (linguistics) Expressing opposition or difference.
- (rare, dated) Something, particularly a clause or conjunction, which is adversative.
From Latin adversativus (“of conjunctions, expressing opposition”)