adversarial

adjective
ad·​ver·​sar·​i·​al | \ˌad-vər-ˈser-ē-əl, 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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But these sanctions have apparently not deterred the Russian government and other countries with an adversarial relationship with the US from maneuvering to affect the outcome of some 2018 congressional races, according to Coats. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Trump signs order authorizing “automatic” sanctions for election interference [Updated]," 12 Sep. 2018 However, nearly all countries bearing the brunt of U.S. sanctions targeting government officials and agencies are those with whom Washington has adversarial relationships, such as Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, Russia and Syria. Jessica Donati, WSJ, "Trump Warns Turkey of Sanctions Over Detention of Pastor Andrew Brunson," 26 July 2018 Further Reading China now has a rocket that can land taikonauts on the Moon During his other comments, Griffin warned about adversarial uses of space by US foes, including China and Russia. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Former NASA administrator says Lunar Gateway is “a stupid architecture”," 15 Nov. 2018 Even in that honeymoon phase, adversarial banter was the nature of our rapport. Nora Zelevansky, Town & Country, "When I First Met My Husband, It Was Hate At First Sight," 10 May 2016 Microsoft has had an adversarial relationship with the open-source community. Adam Candeub, WSJ, "Will Microsoft’s Embrace Smother GitHub?," 24 June 2018 While the rest of the network is largely dedicated to covering for Donald Trump, supplying both him and his apologists with talking points, Smith often casts himself in a more adversarial role. Luke Darby, GQ, "Fox News Anchor Shep Smith Said Roseanne Is Racist and Her Show Deserved to Be Canceled," 30 May 2018 That first briefing set an adversarial tone between the press secretary and the press that defined Spicer's time on the job and has continued with his successor Sarah Sanders. William Cummings, USA TODAY, "Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer says daily briefing is 'not worth it'," 21 May 2018 Rosenthal also instructed the county to provide defendants an adversarial bail review hearing within one business day. Gabrielle Banks, Houston Chronicle, "Federal judge on landmark Harris County bail suit implements revisions to policy," 29 June 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

: involving two people or two sides who oppose each other

adversarial

adjective
ad·​ver·​sar·​i·​al | \ˌad-vər-ˈser-ē-əl \

Legal Definition of adversarial 

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

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