ad·​verse·​ly ad-ˈvərs-lē How to pronounce adversely (audio)
: in an adverse manner : in a way that is bad or harmful
Determining which drugs—if any—may have interacted adversely with others is difficult.Nancy Ann Jeffrey and Robert Langreth
often used with affect
Reductions in staffing are affecting the company adversely.
Taking a loan from your retirement account may adversely affect your retirement savings, but there are instances when taking such a loan makes sense.Denise Appleby

Examples of adversely in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The group argues if the two provisions are allowed to take effect, the plaintiffs' First Amendment rights could be adversely affected. Ron Wood,, 13 Feb. 2024 The country’s finance minister claimed the decision was politically motivated, while the agency said the war in Gaza could adversely affect the country’s economy. Morgan Haefner, Quartz, 12 Feb. 2024 The high temperatures themselves might adversely affect the growth of some phytoplankton species, but might actually benefit others that thrive as the mercury climbs. Matt Simon, WIRED, 8 Feb. 2024 Climate change, combined with a century of under-investment in public lands, has been adversely affecting our environment, our health and our communities. Gillian Brassil, Sacramento Bee, 5 Feb. 2024 But those without high-risk factors can also be adversely affected. Tribune News Service, Hartford Courant, 10 Jan. 2024 That could adversely affect advertisers’ ability to collect sensitive information about those users and to serve them ads for products that seem to ravenously follow them from site to site. Popular Science, 4 Jan. 2024 Their complexions, like those of African Americans, range from café au lait to cinnamon to maple to mahogany, which can be a focus of discrimination in a nation where the color of one’s skin can still adversely affect your career or your life. Allison Keyes, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Dec. 2023 The tests also detected the presence of prescription drugs that can adversely interact with alcohol. Karla Adam, Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1593, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of adversely was in 1593

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“Adversely.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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