from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Expressing antithesis or opposition: the adversative conjunction but.
- n. A word that expresses antithesis or opposition.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Expressing opposition or difference.
- n. Something, particularly a clause or conjunction, which is adversative.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Expressing contrariety, opposition, or antithesis; ); an adversative force.
- n. An adversative word.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Expressing difference, contrariety, opposition, or antithesis: as, an adversative conjunction.
- Of adverse nature; inimical.
- n. A word or proposition denoting contrariety or opposition.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. expressing antithesis or opposition
Latin adversātīvus, from adversātus, past participle of adversārī, to oppose, from adversus, against; see adverse.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin adversativus ("of conjunctions, expressing opposition") (Wiktionary)