ad·ver·sa·tive || əd'vɜːsətɪv n. form of speech denoting opposition (Grammar) adj. opposite; contrasting, opposing

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  • Adversative — Ad*ver sa*tive, a. [L. adversativus, fr. adversari.] Expressing contrariety, opposition, or antithesis; as, an adversative conjunction (but, however, yet, etc. ); an adversative force. {Ad*ver sa*tive*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Adversative — Ad*ver sa*tive, n. An adversative word. Harris. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adversative — [ad vʉr′sə tiv, ədvʉr′sə tiv] adj. [LL adversativus < L adversatus, pp. of adversari, to be opposed to < adversus, ADVERSE] Gram. expressing opposition or antithesis, as the words but, yet, however n. an adversative word …   English World dictionary

  • adversative — index contradictory, contrary Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • adversative — adjective Date: 15th century expressing antithesis, opposition, or adverse circumstance < the adversative conjunction but > • adversative noun • adversatively adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • adversative — adversatively, adv. /ad verr seuh tiv/, adj. 1. expressing contrariety, opposition, or antithesis: But is an adversative conjunction. n. 2. an adversative word or proposition. [1525 35; < LL adversativus, equiv. to adversat(us) (ptp. of adversari …   Universalium

  • adversative — ad•ver•sa•tive [[t]ædˈvɜr sə tɪv[/t]] adj. 1) gram. expressing contrariety, opposition, or antithesis: “But” is an adversative conjunction[/ex] 2) gram. an adversative word • Etymology: 1525–35; < LL ad•ver′sa•tive•ly, adv …   From formal English to slang

  • adversative — /ədˈvɜsətɪv/ (say uhd versuhtiv) adjective 1. expressing contrariety, opposition, or antithesis: but is an adversative conjunction. –noun 2. an adversative word or proposition. {Late Latin adversātīvus} –adversatively, adverb …  

  • adversative — 1. adjective Expressing opposition or difference. 2. noun Something, particularly a clause or conjunction, which is adversative …   Wiktionary

  • adversative — ● adversatif, adversative adjectif (bas latin adversativus) Se dit d une conjonction ou d un adverbe qui marque une opposition (mais, toutefois) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • adversative asyndeton — Rhet. a staccato effect produced by omitting adversative connectives from between two or more items forming a group, as in I liked all there was to buy in the store ... I didn t get anything. Cf. copulative asyndeton. * * * …   Universalium

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