adversarial

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adjective ad·ver·sar·i·al \ˌad-və(r)-ˈser-ē-əl, -ˈse-rē-\

Definition of adversarial

  1. :  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>

Origin and Etymology of adversarial

see adverse


First Known Use: 1839


ADVERSARIAL Defined for English Language Learners

adversarial

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adjective ad·ver·sar·i·al \ˌad-və(r)-ˈser-ē-əl, -ˈse-rē-\

Definition of adversarial for English Language Learners

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


Law Dictionary

adversarial

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

Legal Definition of adversarial

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



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