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 adversātīvus from adversātus past participle of adversārī 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”)