Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or exhibiting opposition

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to opposition or opponents collectively.

Etymologies

opposition +‎ -al (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Those who cannot comfortably take part in oppositional discourse — or choose not to — are likely to opt out.

    Snark: Joe Hagan on ‘haute zoologist’ Heidi Julavits

  • Oh, there’s one called oppositional defiance disorder.

    Give up your idea of a jet pack « Dating Jesus

  • The rag-tag oppositional forces left in Afghanistan and Iraq were like so many flies to be swatted away.

    Tom Engelhardt: In Nightmares Begin Responsibilities: Why War Will Take No Holiday in 2010

  • Heraclitus calls the oppositional processes eris, "strife", and hypothesizes that the apparently stable state, dikē, or "justice," is a harmony of it: "We must know that war polemos is common to all and strife is justice, and that all things come into being through strife necessarily."

    "So lower your expectations, and enjoy the Rourke."

  • They were given in-depth psychological interviews, checking for depression, anxiety, ADHD, and something called oppositional defiant disorder, or ODD.

    Adopted Teens Face Higher Risk for ADHD

  • We in the press seem to suffer somewhat from a version of what in badly behaved children is called oppositional defiance disorder; we mistrust our own institutions such that we are fully prepared to accept, at least for story purposes, that the Canadian military would try to keep the government, which soldiers know better than anyone else is properly its master, out of the loop...

    At least they don't shoot our generals

  • Oh, and Eli suffered from something called oppositional defiance disorder.

    Perfect Match

  • But according to his jobless single mother his shocking behaviour is all down to a condition called oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and insists her son needs more medical help rather than custody.

    Home | Mail Online

  • When a Latino Republican operative, Robert de Posada, thinks he can get away with running campaign ads in Spanish and English urging Latinos to "send a message" to the Democrats by disfranchising themselves, servitude to the Republicans' electoral interests became an "oppositional" expression of "protest."

    Joseph A. Palermo: What "Center?"

  • When a Latino Republican operative, Robert de Posada, thinks he can get away with running campaign ads in Spanish and English urging Latinos to "send a message" to the Democrats by disfranchising themselves, servitude to the Republicans 'electoral interests became an "oppositional" expression of "protest."

    Joseph A. Palermo: What "Center?"

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