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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It’s hard to find anybody here who is opposed to the tower. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Giant Skyscraper in Rural Denmark Will Be Seen For Miles," 2 Apr. 2019 The two working groups each include ministers who are opposed to the proposal they are tasked with discussing. Alex Morales, Bloomberg.com, "U.K. Promises Brexit Clarity in Time for EU Summit in June," 16 May 2018 Mississippi The state has extremely restrictive laws for CBD use as a medical treatment, and police are still opposed to CBD despite new federal guidance. Meredith Clark, Marie Claire, "Is CBD Even Legal Where You Live?," 12 Apr. 2019 Kendall Jenner — who's historically been pretty opposed to bras — is once again freeing the nipple, this time in a photo shoot for Love magazine's 10th-anniversary issue. Evelyn Wang, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Posed Topless for Love Magazine," 7 Aug. 2018 Some residents of Aceh, the only province in Muslim-majority Indonesia to impose Shariah law, are opposed to having the canings performed inside prisons. Time, "Indonesia's Aceh Lashes Unwed Couples and Prostitutes In What Could be the Province's Last Public Caning," 20 Apr. 2018 Eliminating the filibuster would surely lead to more ideologically extreme measures on both sides passing, and moderates are temperamentally opposed to that. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "The nuclear option, explained.," 21 Dec. 2018 The Board acknowledges that actions have occurred that are fundamentally opposed to that mission. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Indiana animal shelter accused of killing cats with inhumane euthanizing method," 15 Aug. 2018 Today’s Republicans aren’t ideologically opposed to democracy in the way that, say, fascists and Islamists are. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The Republican Party versus democracy," 17 Dec. 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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