adversarial

adjective ad·ver·sar·i·al \ ˌad-vər-ˈser-ē-əl , ˌad-və- , -ˈse-rē- \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

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 2adversary 2)
  • an adversarial relationship
  • an adversarial system of justice with prosecution and defense opposing each other

Examples of adversarial in a Sentence

  1. an adversarial system of justice with prosecution and defense opposing each other

  2. the relationship between the president and the congress should not be adversarial if anything is to get done

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Origin and Etymology of adversarial


ADVERSARIAL Defined for English Language Learners

adversarial

adjective

Definition of adversarial for English Language Learners

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


Law Dictionary

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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