• WordNet 3.6
    • adj adversative expressing antithesis or opposition "the adversative conjunction `but' in `poor but happy'"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In an article in 1998, The Journal of the American Medical Association claimed that adverse drug reactions may cause more than 100,000 deaths a year in the US alone.
    • n Adversative An adversative word.
    • a Adversative Expressing contrariety, opposition, or antithesis; as, an adversative conjunction (but however yet, etc. ); an adversative force.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: According to the Journal of American Medical Association, as of 1998, more than 100,000 Americans die annually from adverse reactions to prescription drugs.
    • adversative Expressing difference, contrariety, opposition, or antithesis: as, an adversative conjunction. In the sentence, he is an honest man, but a fanatic, but has an adversative force, and is called an adversative conjunction, and the whole proposition is called an adversative proposition.
    • adversative Of adverse nature; inimical.
    • n adversative A word or proposition denoting contrariety or opposition.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: According to the National Safety Council, coffee is not successful at sobering up a drunk person, and in many cases it may actually increase the adverse effects of alcohol.
    • adj Adversative ad-vėrs′a-tiv denoting opposition, contrariety, or variety.
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  • Barbara De Angelis
    “You don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; adversity not without many comforts and hopes.”
  • Josh Billings
    “Adversity has the same effect on a man that severe training has on the pugilist -- it reduces him to his fighting weight.”
  • Anne Bradstreet
    Anne Bradstreet
    “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”
  • Lord Byron
    “Adversity is the first path to truth.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “Constant success shows us but one side of the world; adversity brings out the reverse of the picture.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. adversativus, fr. adversari,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Adverse.


In literature:

Their own interests in regard to the property were, as far as they went, adverse.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
The church had been placed in hostility to a powerful and liberal party, which was adverse to its interests.
"The Martyrs of Science, or, The lives of Galileo, Tycho Brahe, and Kepler" by David Brewster
To approach closely either to land or wind; to hug a shoal or coast in order to avoid adverse tide.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Prosperity he had known how to enjoy, but adversity had been too much for him.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
But the November election in Georgia, as elsewhere, was adverse to the party of Henry Clay.
"Robert Toombs" by Pleasant A. Stovall
An adverse puff of wind blew them into an overhanging willow-bush, which became entangled with the sail and the stay-rope.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
Adverse winds deferred the attack for several days.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 2 of 8" by Various
No adversity could crush his energies, no prosperity impair his industry.
"The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor, Vol. I, No. 5, May 1810" by Various
Taken prisoner by the Prussians, he impressed Goethe by his coolness in adversity.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
Thackeray had another quality that has laid him open to adverse criticism; that is, his 'perpetual reference to the remote past.
"Gilbert Keith Chesterton" by Patrick Braybrooke
Who is the judge of friendship, but adversity?
"Raleigh" by Edmund Gosse
I had weathered adverse gales with fortitude; and never flinched amidst severities.
"A Journal of a Young Man of Massachusetts, 2nd ed." by Benjamin Waterhouse
There are a few very good and very dull people who try to stop all adverse criticism.
"Conversation" by Mary Greer Conklin
A feeling adverse to organized labor swept the country and endangered the existence of the labor movement.
"The New Nation" by Frederic L. Paxson
For a time fortune seemed adverse to the Queen of Hungary.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
No part of our Constitution has received less adverse criticism than that which relates to the powers and tenure of the judiciary.
"The Spirit of American Government" by J. Allen Smith
A fallen monarch can always defy adversity by forming a collection of curiosities.
"Hypolympia" by Edmund Gosse
He evaded them, preferring an adverse decision to the publication of his art.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 5 of 8" by Various
And Solomon was right: but it was not only a brother that is good for adversity.
"Not Like Other Girls" by Rosa N. Carey
There had been a decision, then, and one adverse to Fred Lawrence.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas

In poetry:

"How like adversity's rude blast
Upon the helpless one,
When hope's gay visions all have passed,
And to oblivion gone.
"To A Flower" by Margaret Davidson
Half credulous, half wildly brave,
Now doubt, now rage prevails:
He stood like a black suspended wave,
Struck by two adverse gales.
"The Fatal Horse" by William Hayley
So Virtue blooms, brought forth amid the storms
Of chill adversity; in some lone walk
Of life she rears her head,
Obscure and unobserved;
"To An Early Primrose" by Henry Kirke White
A little puff of breath, we find,
Small fires can quench and kill;
But, when they're great, the adverse wind
Does make them greater still.
"Cousel" by Abraham Cowley
That changes into great sorrow,
Into chosen torture or into mercy
Or simply into a myth, sweet invention,
To exalt the vision of adversity.
"This Love Poem Is Not A Lament" by Jorge Mateus de Lima
What theme for sorrow or for scorn!
What chronicle of Fate's surprises—
Of adverse fortune nobly borne,
Of chances, changes, ruins, rises!
"Vanitas Vanitatum" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

Hospitals reported only 8% of the adverse events that they were required to share with state authorities, said a July study from the Dept.
With recent adverse weather conditions in some areas of the state, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) encourages farmers to document and report livestock losses to their local FSA county office.
Research shows glycemic control improves risk of adverse cardiovascular outcomes.
Q&A with the "Potential Adverse Effects" of Endurance Exercise Authors.
Alarm-related adverse incidents may result from a variety of factors.
Adverse Actions Have Consequences.
Jets not adverse to drafting another quarterback.
Pressure Blowers Designed for Adverse Conveying Environments.
Discover Says CFPB Probe May Have ' Adverse Impact' on Profit.
Adverse Drug Events Due to Potentially Inappropriate Medications—Reply.
How proper dental care may help prevent adverse pregnancy outcomes.
A study of 224 pharmaceutical brands across several social media sites found that less than 1% of posts mentioned adverse events.
Texas squatters' use of " adverse possession" law an opportunistic scam.
Squatters' use of “ adverse possession”.
Gulf Killifish Shows Adverse Effects Due to BP Oil Spill Disaster.

In science:

If, however, star formation was suppressed in a cloud that could still undergo overall collapse, such an adverse feedback would not occur.
The First Sources of Light
Studying the dynamics of hadron formation is not simply a selfish entertainment of pQCD adversed colleagues. D´enes Moln´ar has pointed out that parton recombination may resolve the so called opacity puzzle.
Strange Quark Matter Theory
Additionally, astronomical equipment that remains functional under the adverse conditions would not easily have been manufactured and transported to Antarctica.
The History of Astrophysics in Antarctica
In the case of the laboratory flow one could argue that viscosity also drives circulation through viscous coupling to the spheres, creating an adverse angular momentum profile; that is not our concern here.
Turbulent Elasticity of the Solar Convective Zone and the Taylor Number Puzzle
Unless this reputation is available a new product cannot be sold to users who then know that they will depend on the fact that sufficiently many new customers will be found so that the business unit producing Cp like control codes will survive adverse times for M.
Informal Control code logic
For some conceivable C′′ p ]] will have severe adverse consequences can be made with a very high level of confidence.
Informal Control code logic
Tests consisting of operations of R[M[Cp ]] in safe circumstances (that is circumstances where failures of R do not have the adverse consequences feared in actual use) where no problems are reported which can be traced back to Cp will increase confidence of U in Cp .
Informal Control code logic
Fortunately, this bias is limited to H1 so it does not adversely affect the implementation of the test per se, which is based on the behavior of S ′n under H0 .
Is Brownian motion necessary to model high-frequency data?
To see these adverse interplay is of primary importance, but particularly challenging.
Black hole solutions in string theory
In §2 we describe in detail the problem of The structure of the paper is as follows. sample selection bias, showing how it can arise in various astronomical settings and detailing its adverse effects in a variable star classification problem.
Active Learning to Overcome Sample Selection Bias: Application to Photometric Variable Star Classification
Above, sample selection bias was defined, its presence in astrophysical problems motivated, and its adverse effects exemplified with an example in variable star classification.
Active Learning to Overcome Sample Selection Bias: Application to Photometric Variable Star Classification
Measuring the Point Spread Function (PSF): A key step in weak lensing is to correct for the adverse effects of the observations.
Image processing challenges in weak gravitational lensing
Feedback regarding adverse impacts from redefining Coordinated Universal Time was a primary goal of the meeting, which is a prerequisite to entertaining alternate options.
The Colloquium on Decoupling Civil Timekeeping from Earth Rotation
If Earth rotation and civil time are decoupled, the development of specialized simulation tools would be necessary to provide some sense of the adverse operational impacts or to simulate the magnitude of symptoms caused by decoupling.
The Colloquium on Decoupling Civil Timekeeping from Earth Rotation
Appreciable power is dissipated in the combining circuits and provision may have to be made to isolate a device which fails so that it does not adversely affect the performance of others nearby.
RF power generation