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 Zelenskiy also discovered that, although his efforts to achieve a mutual troop pullback in eastern Ukraine were approved by 59% of Ukrainians, nationalist combat veterans were fiercely opposed to anything that looked like a Ukrainian retreat. Leonid Bershidsky, Twin Cities, "Leonid Bershidsky: Ukraine’s Zelenskiy showed he’s the anti-Putin in 2019," 26 Dec. 2019 That's opposed to a breathalyzer test, which can require a blow of up to 10 seconds. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Your Sweat Can Give Away How Drunk You Are," 12 Dec. 2019 Warren and Sanders also are opposed to an expansion of nuclear energy. Mark K. Matthews, Scientific American, "Democratic Presidential Contenders Chart Different Paths to Clean Energy," 13 Nov. 2019 The issue is Democrats aren't necessarily opposed to boosting defense funding above budget caps. Lisa Mascaro, latimes.com, "Live analysis and video: Trump's first State of the Union address," 31 Jan. 2018 Among those principles is a declaration that the AMA is opposed to any exploitation and discrimination in the workplace based on personal characteristics, including gender. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "Arizona physician job ad: 'Women don't do well here'," 2 Jan. 2020 The Tigray People’s Liberation Front is the only member of the coalition that is opposed to the new party. Yohannes Gedamu, Quartz Africa, "The new political party of Ethiopia’s Abiy holds much promise but faces significant hurdles," 13 Dec. 2019 The Green New Deal is the sixth-most important issue for Republicans — a much higher ranking than among Democrats (nearly a quarter of Republicans support it, but many more are opposed to it or just not sure). Chris Tausanovitch, New York Times, "What Is Voters’ Highest Priority? There’s a Way to Find Out," 5 Dec. 2019 Targeted by the current administration in 2016 for allegedly raising anti-India slogans, JNU has since become a metaphor for any activity that is opposed to the BJP, and hence, the nation itself. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Economist Esther Duflo’s husband, a fellow Nobel laureate, is everything the BJP hates," 14 Oct. 2019

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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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“Opposed.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opposed. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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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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to assert without proof or before proving

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