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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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 The parliament and executive branch are opposed, saying horns increase the risk of injury to cattle and human handlers alike. Brian Blackstone, WSJ, "Should Cows Have Horns? Switzerland Will Decide," 23 Nov. 2018 There’s definitely a sizable community of people who are really intellectually, theologically opposed to ad tracking. Eric Johnson, Recode, "It may be ‘data journalism,’ but Julia Angwin’s new site the Markup is nothing like FiveThirtyEight," 27 Sep. 2018 Given the success of Van Wilder, no one at the company was opposed to licensing the brand, but the first projects Laikin brought in were execrable. Benjamin Wallace, HWD, "Can Anyone Repair National Lampoon’s Devastated Brand?," 1 May 2017 At least early in the process, there was a substantial portion of the party, including Fox News, that was opposed to his candidacy. Seth Masket, Vox, "Democrats in 2020 don’t have the Republican safety margin," 29 Nov. 2018 While Republicans are almost universally opposed to the effort, there are also 18 Democrats in the House that haven't signed the petition. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Congress has refused to restore net neutrality as Dec. 10 deadline nears," 28 Nov. 2018 The measure received support from 39 countries Tuesday at the meeting in Florianopolis with 25 opposed — falling short of the three-quarters majority to pass. Sarah Dilorenzo, The Seattle Times, "Proposal to create whale sanctuary in S Atlantic defeated," 11 Sep. 2018 Jean Porter, a spokeswoman for Mayor Greg Fischer, did not detail what steps police might take if the group, which is opposed to President Donald Trump's crackdown on immigration, does not comply later. Kate Talerico, The Courier-Journal, "Occupy ICE protesters 'not moving' as Louisville police order them to clear path," 8 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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The first known use of opposed was in the 15th century

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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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