- 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."
versus definition by Webster's New World
- in contest against: plaintiff versus defendant
- in contrast with; by way of an alternative to: peace versus war
Origin: Midieval Latin ; from Classical Latin toward, turned in the direction of ; from vertere, to turn: see verse
versus definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Abbr. v. or vs. Against: the plaintiff versus the defendant; Army versus Navy.
- As the alternative to or in contrast with: “freedom of information versus invasion of privacy” (Ian Hamilton).
Origin: Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from Latin, turned, toward, from past participle of vertere, to turn; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.