Adverse meaning

ăd-vûrs', ăd'vûrs'
Unfavorable; harmful.

The adverse effects of a drought.

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The definition of adverse is unfavorable or acting against a person, goal or circumstance.

Hurricanes with strong winds, tornadoes and hail storms are each an example of an adverse weather condition.

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Contrary to one's interests or welfare; harmful or unfavorable.

Adverse circumstances.

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Moving in an opposite or opposing direction.

Adverse currents.

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Moving or working in an opposite or contrary direction; opposed.

Adverse river currents.

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Opposite in position.
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Turned toward the stem.
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Unfavorable; antagonistic in purpose or effect; hostile; actively opposing one's interests or wishes; contrary to one's welfare; acting against; working in an opposing direction.

Adverse criticism.

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Opposed; contrary; opposing one's interests or desire.

Adverse circumstances.

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(not comparable) Opposite; confronting.

The adverse page.

The adverse party.

Calpe's adverse height / […] must greet my sight.

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Acting or serving to oppose; antagonistic.

Adverse criticism.

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Origin of adverse

  • Middle English from Old French advers from Latin adversus past participle of advertere to turn toward ad- ad- vertere to turn wer-2 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • First attested around 1374, from Old French avers (French: adverse), from Latin adversus (“turned against”), past participle of advertere, from ad- (“to”) + vertere (“to turn”). See also versus.
    From Wiktionary