Definition of averse
: having an active feeling of repugnance or distaste —usually used with to <He seems to be averse to strenuous exercise.>
Examples of averse in a sentence
<I'm not averse to broccoli if it's cooked right.>
adverse vs. averse
If you want to describe a negative reaction to something (such as a harmful side effect from medication) or dangerous meteorological conditions (such as a snowstorm), adverse is the correct choice; you would not say that you had an averse reaction to medication or that there was averse weather.
Averse is most commonly followed by the preposition to (as in "she is averse to shellfish"), but not in every case; you can, for example, describe someone as “risk averse." Normally, averse to signifies a degree of dislike and avoidance, but when preceded by the word not (as in “he was not averse to having another drink”), it may be used as a pointedly understated way to express an interest in something.
In short, adverse tends to be used to describe effects, conditions, and results; while averse refers to feelings and inclinations.
Origin and Etymology of averse
Latin aversus, past participle of avertere —see avert
First Known Use: 1597
Synonym Discussion of averse
AVERSE Defined for Kids
Definition of averse for Students
: having a feeling of dislike <He is averse to exercise.>
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