op·​posed | \ ə-ˈpōzd How to pronounce opposed (audio) \

Definition of opposed

: set or placed in opposition : contrary with politicians, as opposed to soap, you cannot return what you have bought— Felix G. Rohatyn voters who are opposed to the plan

Examples of opposed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But industry representatives are mostly opposed to imposing higher taxes as a way of paying for programs to promote greater participation by people of color. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Marijuana industry wants more diversity but opposes higher taxes to pay for it," 1 Feb. 2021 President Joe Biden is also still opposed to abolishing the filibuster even after McConnell’s latest stunt. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Mitch McConnell Is Killing the Filibuster," 23 Jan. 2021 White respondents were slightly more opposed, with 32% calling the measure a good idea, 53% a bad idea and 15% unsure. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, "Failure to bridge divides of age, race doomed affirmative action proposition," 24 Nov. 2020 Hill, the Sydney professor, said there was anecdotal evidence that younger women and men in the West tend to be more receptive to the idea, while older women are more opposed. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "Should women be entitled to period leave? These countries think so," 20 Nov. 2020 The men and women who were so bitterly opposed to giving women the ballot must have been keenly disappointed on Tuesday. Kevin Dayhoff, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Dayhoff: Year of the Woman honors anniversary of 19th Amendment passage," 20 Nov. 2020 But the ever-growing evangelical movement in Argentina, and the Catholic Church, remain strongly opposed to legalization. Juan Forero, WSJ, "Abortion Could Become Legal in Catholic Argentina," 28 Dec. 2020 Yet the kingdom’s leadership needed a popular national victory, such as recognition of its Western Sahara claims, to assuage public opinion, which remains opposed to full normalization with Israel. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Trump’s parting gift to Morocco," 14 Dec. 2020 Meanwhile, leaders in Palmer are weighing a mandate of their own amid a flood of public comments, many strongly opposed. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Seward unanimously passes mask mandate as Palmer continues to weigh its own order amid public criticism," 25 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of opposed

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for opposed

Middle English — more at oppose

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23 Feb 2021

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“Opposed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opposed. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of opposed

: not agreeing with or approving of something or someone
: completely different

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