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Definition of "adverse" []

  • Acting or serving to oppose; antagonistic: adverse criticism. (adjective)
  • Contrary to one's interests or welfare; harmful or unfavorable: adverse circumstances. (adjective)
  • Moving in an opposite or opposing direction: adverse currents. (adjective)
  • Archaic Placed opposite. (adjective)
  • Antagonistic or inimical; hostile (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Unfavourable to one's interests (adjective)
  • Contrary or opposite in direction or position (adjective)
  • (of leaves, flowers, etc) facing the main stem (adjective)

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Use "adverse" in a sentence
  • "Major Nidal Hasan lectured senior Army physicians about what he called adverse effects if Muslim soldiers are sent to fight other Muslims."
  • "Both Fannie and Freddie also tack on what they call adverse-market fees of one-quarter of 1% to all loans just to get you seated at the table."
  • "Both Fannie and Freddie also tack on what they call adverse-market fees of one-quarter of 1 percent to all loans - the equivalent of cover charges at a night club - just to get you seated at the table."