averse

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adjective \ə-ˈvərs\

Definition of averse

  1. :  having an active feeling of repugnance or distaste —usually used with to <averse to strenuous exercise>

aversely

adverb

averseness

noun

Examples of averse in a sentence

  1. <I'm not averse to broccoli if it's cooked right.>

Origin and Etymology of averse

Latin aversus, past participle of avertere


First Known Use: 1597

Synonym Discussion of averse

disinclined, hesitant, reluctant, loath, averse mean lacking the will or desire to do something indicated. disinclined implies lack of taste for or inclination <disinclined to move again> <disinclined for reading>. hesitant implies a holding back especially through fear or uncertainty <hesitant about asking for a date>. reluctant implies a holding back through unwillingness <a reluctant witness>. loath implies hesitancy because of conflict with one's opinions, predilections, or liking <seems loath to trust anyone>. averse implies a holding back from or avoiding because of distaste or repugnance <averse to hard work> <not averse to an occasional drink>.


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averse

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adjective \ə-ˈvərs\

Definition of averse for Students

  1. :  having a feeling of dislike <He is averse to exercise.>



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