from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Relating to or characteristic of an adversary; involving antagonistic elements: "the chasm between management and labor in this country, an often needlessly adversarial . . . atmosphere” ( Steve Lohr).

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  • adj. Characteristic of, or in the manner of, an adversary; combative, hostile, opposed


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  • Speaking with a dozen vets in an occasionally emotional roundtable discussion in South Carolina Friday, the GOP presidential contender sympathized with the service members' difficulties obtaining treatment from the Department of Veterans Affairs, which one vet described as "adversarial." privatizing Medicare, suggested that maybe giving wounded warriors an outside option would force VA health bureaucrats to be a little more responsive.

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