op·​posed ə-ˈpōzd How to pronounce opposed (audio)
: set or placed in opposition : contrary
with politicians, as opposed to soap, you cannot return what you have boughtFelix G. Rohatyn
voters who are opposed to the plan

Examples of opposed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Republicans who remain opposed to it in the Legislature are free to make tweaks to the law -- or even repeal it, though the political stakes are higher now that the voters have approved it. Compiled By Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 8 Nov. 2023 Like Nusseibeh, and like Grossman, too, Bahour was unequivocally opposed to the killing of civilians. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 28 Oct. 2023 There are 221 Republicans and 212 Democrats overall, with Republicans only able to lose four votes if all Democrats are opposed. Katy Stech Ferek, WSJ, 25 Oct. 2023 Now, efforts to create a Palestinian state have been at a standstill for years now, largely because Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's successive hard-right governments have been firmly opposed to it. CBS News, 22 Oct. 2023 Qatar has also kept low-level relations with Israel at a time when other Gulf nations were firmly opposed to any outreach. Kareem Fahim, Washington Post, 21 Oct. 2023 Bjorn apologized for his misstatement & reiterated that Adidas is committed to fighting #antisemitism & is completely opposed to the ugly hate expressed by @kanyewest. Bychristiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 22 Sep. 2023 After nearly 19 months of war, the vast majority of Ukrainians remain enraged at Russia for the invasion and deeply opposed to any settlement that would leave President Vladimir V. Putin with any gains from the assault. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, 19 Sep. 2023 Polls suggest that most voters support continued aid to Ukraine, but Republicans are increasingly opposed. Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English — more at oppose

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of opposed was in the 15th century

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“Opposed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/opposed. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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