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

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The crude black-and-white faces on the left are from 2014, published as part of a landmark paper that introduced the AI tool known as the generative adversarial network (GAN). James Vincent, The Verge, "These faces show how far AI image generation has advanced in just four years," 17 Dec. 2018 Obvious uses a type of AI called a generative adversarial network, or GAN. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Christie’s just sold an AI-generated painting for $432,500. It’s already controversial.," 29 Oct. 2018 Indeed, some China experts fear that the U.S., by adopting a more adversarial approach, weakens China’s reformers and strengthens its nationalist factions, making conflict more likely. Greg Ip, WSJ, "Trump Didn’t Kill the Global Trade System. He Split It in Two.," 26 Dec. 2018 The five-day walkout ended in an all-night round of negotiations — that’s why the district and the union are taking a less-adversarial approach to bargaining this year. Neal Morton, The Seattle Times, "Seattle teachers and staff vote to authorize a strike — unless a deal is reached by Sept. 5," 28 Aug. 2018 Trump also suggested Tuesday morning that his adversarial approach to trade policy had only begun. Damian Paletta, BostonGlobe.com, "President Trump threatens Harley-Davidson with taxes ‘like never before’," 26 June 2018 Trump also suggested Tuesday morning that his adversarial approach to trade policy had only begun. Damian Paletta, chicagotribune.com, "Trump threatens Harley-Davidson with taxes 'like never before' and eventual collapse," 26 June 2018 Didit’s vision for Gawker is radically different than that of the blog’s founder Nick Denton, whose approach to adversarial journalism exposed the website to costly litigation. Jonathan Randles, WSJ, "Digital Advertising Firm Didit Close to Acquiring Gawker.com," 29 May 2018 The Washington Post reported that those judges will now be able to dismiss asylum claims after a cursory review, without an adversarial hearing. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Migrant Caravan Enters Trump’s Hostile Immigration Maze," 1 May 2018

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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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adversarial

adjective

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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