- Versus is defined as in contrast to or opposing.
An example of versus used as a preposition is in the phrase "the red team versus the blue team."
- in contest against: plaintiff versus defendant
- in contrast with; by way of an alternative to: peace versus war
Origin of versusMedieval Latin ; from Classical Latin toward, turned in the direction of ; from vertere, to turn: see verse
- Abbr. v. or vs. In conflict or competition with; against: the plaintiff versus the defendant; Michigan versus Ohio State.
- As the alternative to or in contrast with: “freedom of information versus invasion of privacy” (Ian Hamilton).
Origin of versusMiddle English, from Medieval Latin, from Latin, turned, toward, from past participle of vertere, to turn; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
- Used to link two or more opposing or contrasting elements.
- against, in opposition to.
- It is the Packers versus the Steelers in the Super Bowl.
- compared with, as opposed to.
- Bringing a legal action against, as used in the title of a court case in which the first party indicates the plaintiff (appellant or the like), and the second indicates the defendant (respondent or the like).
- Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kans.
From Latin versus (“against, turned”), past participle of vertere (“to turn, change, overthrow, destroy”).