op·​posed | \ə-ˈpōzd \

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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What appealed to these people to settle in the countryside instead as opposed to cities? Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "The Unheralded Pioneers of 19th-Century America Were Free African-American Families," 19 June 2018 And my daddy's parents were bitterly opposed to their relationship. Eric Bradner, CNN, "Elizabeth Warren is quietly working to defang Trump's 'Pocahontas' slur as 2020 looms," 26 May 2018 Even if the bill does not pass, however, the vote will representatives who are opposed to net neutrality to come out against a measure that enjoys widespread public support. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "The Senate Will Vote on Net Neutrality," 9 May 2018 The central political contests of the 20th century were between rival and bitterly opposed worldviews. David Runciman, WSJ, "China’s Challenge to Democracy," 26 Apr. 2018 Some of those rebel groups are supported by the United States, but are bitterly opposed to Turkey and its proxies. Carlotta Gall, New York Times, "Emboldened Turkey Pushes Deeper Into Syria, but Risks Abound," 22 Mar. 2018 Some of those rebel groups are supported by the United States but are bitterly opposed to Turkey and its proxies. New York Times, BostonGlobe.com, "Emboldened Turkey pushes deeper into Syria, but risks abound," 22 Mar. 2018 The position has attracted criticism from some of Fanning's constituents, particularly those who are opposed to the Red Line transit project, which is set to begin soon. James Briggs, Indianapolis Star, "Colleen Fanning, an Indianapolis councilwoman, will lead influential Broad Ripple group," 22 Mar. 2018 Many Britons remain opposed to leaving the bloc, and even among those who favor it, there are deep divisions. Stephen Castle, New York Times, "Theresa May in Fight to Save Government Amid Brexit Rift," 9 July 2018

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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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