Definition of averse
: having an active feeling of repugnance, dislike, or distaste —usually used with to She was not averse to taking chances. He seems to be averse to strenuous exercise. —commonly used in compounds both with and without a hyphen a conservative risk-averse investor a crowd averse teen
Examples of averse in a Sentence
I'm not averse to broccoli if it's cooked right.
Recent Examples of averse from the Web
Pensions have traditionally invested in risk-averse mixtures of stocks and bonds.
Obama wasn't averse to informal diplomatic channels before his 2008 election.
While many question the economics of the Carmichael mine in an increasingly coal-averse global market, Adani enjoys strong government support.
The performance served as some reassurance that the organization indeed signed Encarnacion and not some hitting-averse stunt double.
Introducing a new box — one adorned with winged donuts flying above a beach tableau — is no small feat for a store averse to change.
Wired: Why are people so averse to cellphone imagery?
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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.
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Definition of averse for Students
: having a feeling of dislike He is averse to exercise.
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