adversarial

adjective

ad·​ver·​sar·​i·​al ˌad-vər-ˈser-ē-əl How to pronounce adversarial (audio)
ˌad-və-,
-ˈse-rē-
: involving two people or two sides who oppose each other : of, relating to, or characteristic of an adversary or adversary procedures (see adversary entry 2 sense 2)
an adversarial relationship
an adversarial system of justice with prosecution and defense opposing each other

Examples of adversarial in a Sentence

an adversarial system of justice with prosecution and defense opposing each other the relationship between the president and the congress should not be adversarial if anything is to get done
Recent Examples on the Web President Joe Biden’s 2024 media strategy has largely revolved around one cardinal rule: avoid adversarial interviews whenever possible. Audrey Fahlberg, National Review, 8 May 2024 But declaring an explicit connection between exercises involving practice use of nuclear weapons and comments by adversarial governments about an ongoing conflict is an unusual diplomatic move. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2024 The deal leaves a lot of ground to cover in settling tax and spending policy, but marks a profound improvement in adversarial relations between Democratic lawmakers and the Republican governor that had the state lurching toward a possible government shutdown. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, 17 Apr. 2024 While there has not been credible evidence suggesting that AI has been utilized for strike capabilities, it has been used to acquire battlefield intelligence by identifying different types of adversarial weaponry and machinery. Caitlin McFall, Fox News, 31 Mar. 2024 There are some genuinely terrific moments between women wherein an adversarial exchange collapses into exhausted and amusing intimacy. Lili Loofbourow, Washington Post, 20 Mar. 2024 The adversarial relationship between Washington and Moscow prevented U.S. officials from sharing any information about the plot beyond what was necessary, out of fear Russian authorities might learn their intelligence sources or methods. Michael Schwirtz, New York Times, 28 Mar. 2024 On the other hand, banks must tackle adversarial threats, such as cybersecurity issues, which include hacking and data breaches. Anil Sood, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 The group adheres to a more hardline interpretation of Islam than its rivals, causing an adversarial dynamic to develop with the Taliban, Al-Qaeda and similar groups. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 23 Mar. 2024

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'adversarial.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of adversarial was in 1839

Dictionary Entries Near adversarial

Cite this Entry

“Adversarial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adversarial. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

adversarial

adjective
ad·​ver·​sar·​i·​al
ˌad-vər-ˈser-ē-əl
: involving two people or two sides who oppose each other

Legal Definition

adversarial

adjective
ad·​ver·​sar·​i·​al ˌad-vər-ˈser-ē-əl How to pronounce adversarial (audio)
: of, relating to, or characteristic of an adversary or adversary procedures : adversary

More from Merriam-Webster on adversarial

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!