adversative

adjective
ad·​ver·​sa·​tive | \ əd-ˈvər-sə-tiv How to pronounce adversative (audio) , ad- \

Definition of adversative

: expressing antithesis, opposition, or adverse circumstance the adversative conjunction but

Other Words from adversative

adversative noun
adversatively adverb

First Known Use of adversative

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adversative

Middle English adversatyf, borrowed from Late Latin adversātīvus, from Latin adversātus, past participle of adversārī "to act contrary to, oppose" (derivative of adversus adverse) + -īvus -ive

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“Adversative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adversative. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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