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

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Then there’s the unease those opposed to right-wing president Jair Bolsonaro feel about the way the yellow shirts have been co-opted by his neo-fascist movement. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Brazil Shows Character, Quality in Winning Copa America, Restoring Faith," 7 July 2019 The Senate then passed its own funding package with a broad bipartisan majority, with 84 votes in support and eight opposed. Juan Montes, WSJ, "Migrant Crisis at Border Intensifies as Senate Passes Aid Bill," 26 June 2019 Both polls find Democrats largely in support, while a majority of Republicans stand opposed. Elana Schor, Fortune, "Too Rosy? Experts Question Warren's Wealth Tax Figures," 23 June 2019 Speaker Nancy Pelosi remains committed opposed to starting an inquiry now, facing polls that show impeachment to be a mixed bag at best for the Democrats in 2020 and a disaster at worst. Joe Garofoli, SFChronicle.com, "Rep. Katie Porter backs impeachment inquiry, but her Orange County voters may not," 18 June 2019 About $105,000 on Cardinals tickets The settlement lays out opposed views of how public funds are to be used at charter schools. Craig Harris, azcentral, "Arizona charter school operators agree to pay back $180K spent on sports tickets, personal care," 13 June 2019 The highest percentage is among Hispanic Catholics, of whom 18 per cent are opposed, followed by evangelicals, among whom 14 per cent are opposed. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Anti-Choice People Are Okay with IVF," 14 June 2019 This was opposed to the stronger category A recommendation. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "Two Meningitis B Vaccines Have Been Approved in the US. So Why Are Young People Still Dying From It?," 12 June 2019 Such parties are not, in general, openly opposed to liberal democracy or the rule of law; but some of their supporters are less than respectful of those values. Erasmus, The Economist, "Europe’s secularists worry about the rise of Christian-nativist populism," 11 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of opposed

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

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