averse to

idiom

: having a clear dislike of (something) : strongly opposed to (something)
He seems to be averse to exercise.
No one is more averse to borrowing money than he is.
often used in negative statements to mean willing to
She is not averse to taking chances.

Examples of averse to in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This might be less of an issue were Larry not so averse to Cheryl’s coarse organic TP at home and freaked out by how Richard Lewis’s girlfriend Cha Cha (Tia Carrere), who works in his office, monitors his frequent bathroom visits. Larry Fitzmaurice, Vulture, 8 Apr. 2024 Those averse to octopus should give it another try as carpaccio. Kendyl Kearly, Baltimore Sun, 26 Feb. 2024 Putin appears committed to dismantling an independent, democratic Ukraine and averse to losing any of the Ukrainian territory that his forces have seized since 2014. Carter Malkasian, Foreign Affairs, 20 June 2023 Millennials, those roughly 28 to 43 years old, are generally thought to be more averse to debt and better savers than earlier cohorts such as Gen X (44 to 59 years old) and baby boomers (60 to 78). Don Lee, Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2024 Israel has been averse to agreeing to discuss an end to the war before Hamas has been defeated and the remaining hostages are released from captivity. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, 21 May 2024 The United States has not been averse to changing boundaries by force. Armstrong Williams, Baltimore Sun, 24 Mar. 2024 Over four weeks of testimony, prosecutors have carefully built a portrait of Mr. Trump as someone who hates bad publicity, is averse to putting orders in writing, and is detail-oriented to a fault. Peter Grier, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 May 2024 Among the stunts The Fall Guy wraps its romantic comedy around are high falls (those averse to heights may be uncomfortable watching Gosling swing from a helicopter), hand-to-hand combat and a world-record-breaking vehicular stunt involving a Jeep’s 8.5 cannon rolls, or head-over-head flips. Jack Smart, Peoplemag, 3 May 2024

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“Averse to.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/averse%20to. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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