noun op·po·si·tion \ˌä-pə-ˈzi-shən\

Definition of opposition

  1. 1 :  a configuration (see configuration 1b) in which one celestial (see 1celestial 2) body is opposite another (as the sun) in the sky or in which the elongation (see elongation 1) is near or equal to 180 degrees

  2. 2 :  the relation between two propositions having the same subject and predicate but differing in quantity or quality or both

  3. 3 :  an act of setting opposite or over against :  the condition of being so set <He spoke in opposition to the new law.>

  4. 4 :  hostile or contrary action or condition <offered strong opposition to the advance of the enemy>

  5. 5a :  something that opposes; specifically :  a body of persons opposing something <Each candidate is focused on raising more money than the opposition.>b often capitalized :  a political party opposing and prepared to replace the party in power <The opposition is likely to win the upcoming election.>


play \ˌä-pə-ˈzish-nəl, -ˈzi-shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of opposition in a sentence

  1. They're going ahead with the plans despite strong opposition from residents.

  2. The nominee faces strong opposition in the Senate.

  3. The proposed change has met with opposition from the town's business leaders.

  4. Rebels have so far offered little opposition to advancing troops.

  5. Each candidate is focused on raising more money than the opposition.

  6. The coach advised her team not to underestimate the opposition.

  7. The leader of the Opposition criticized the prime minister for his comments.

14th Century

First Known Use of opposition

14th century

OPPOSITION Defined for English Language Learners


noun op·po·si·tion \ˌä-pə-ˈzi-shən\

Definition of opposition for English Language Learners

  • : actions or opinions that show that you disagree with or disapprove of someone or something

  • : action that is done to stop or defeat someone or something

  • the opposition : a person or group that you are trying to defeat or succeed against : a person or group that you are competing with

OPPOSITION Defined for Kids


noun op·po·si·tion \ˌä-pə-ˈzi-shən\

Definition of opposition for Students

  1. 1 :  the state of disagreeing with or disapproving of <He voiced his opposition.>

  2. 2 :  the action of resisting <The proposal met with fierce opposition.>

  3. 3 :  a group of people that disagree with, disapprove of, or resist someone or something

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