ad·​verse·​ly | \ ad-ˈvərs-lē How to pronounce adversely (audio) , ˈad-ˌvərs- \

Definition of adversely

: 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

First Known Use of adversely

1593, in the meaning defined above

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“Adversely.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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