adversarial

adjective
ad·​ver·​sar·​i·​al | \ ˌad-vər-ˈser-ē-əl How to pronounce adversarial (audio) , ˌad-və-, -ˈse-rē- \

Definition of adversarial

: 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

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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 Because involving outside courts can push you further apart and create an adversarial relationship. Reid Forgrave, Star Tribune, "New Hope co-parenting coach helps divorced moms and dads put kids first," 18 Sep. 2020 Leahy said in June that his presidency could jeopardize U.S. support for the bank and warned that Claver-Carone’s adversarial relationship with the governments of Venezuela and Cuba could polarize the IDB. Eric Martin, Bloomberg.com, "Trump’s Candidate to Lead Latin America Development Bank," 12 Sep. 2020 Almereyda—himself an artist whose work has, by and large, eluded mainstream success—understands that the relationship between capital and genius is intrinsically adversarial despite any appearances to the contrary. John Semley, The New Republic, "How Tesla Punctures the Myth of the Tech Genius," 26 Aug. 2020 Eighty-seven people applied for reparations under the program, which allows victims to seek compensation without filing a public lawsuit and avoid undergoing the adversarial court process that would follow. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Colorado’s Catholic dioceses have paid $1.2 million to 10 victims of sex abuse by priests. And there are still 77 claims to go.," 19 Feb. 2020 Find ways to turn an adversarial situation into an event that is win-win for both sides. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Sept. 3, 2020: Aries, you crave social interaction; Aquarius, be cooperative," 3 Sep. 2020 At the heart of American Express’s research is the A.I. technology known as generative adversarial networks, or GANs, which are used to create deepfake videos. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Why American Express is trying technology that makes deepfake videos look real," 3 Sep. 2020 But there are also problems and adversarial models that are unique to marginalized groups, and those problems are not being investigated. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "How Cryptography Lets Down Marginalized Communities," 31 Aug. 2020 The process is an adversarial one, with a goal of determining whether the person is deportable from the United States, not whether that person merits protection. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Who gets asylum? Even before Trump, system was riddled with bias and disparities," 23 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of adversarial

1839, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adversarial

adversary entry 1 + -al entry 1

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The first known use of adversarial was in 1839

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24 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Adversarial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adversarial. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for adversarial

adversarial

adjective
How to pronounce adversarial (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of adversarial

formal : involving two people or two sides who oppose each other

adversarial

adjective
ad·​ver·​sar·​i·​al | \ ˌad-vər-ˈser-ē-əl How to pronounce adversarial (audio) \

Legal Definition of adversarial

: of, relating to, or characteristic of an adversary or adversary procedures : adversary

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