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  • Adverse — Ad verse, a. [OE. advers, OF. avers, advers, fr. L. adversus, p. p. advertere to turn to. See {Advert}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Acting against, or in a contrary direction; opposed; contrary; opposite; conflicting; as, adverse winds; an adverse party;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Adverse possession — Adverse Ad verse, a. [OE. advers, OF. avers, advers, fr. L. adversus, p. p. advertere to turn to. See {Advert}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Acting against, or in a contrary direction; opposed; contrary; opposite; conflicting; as, adverse winds; an adverse …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adverse — adverse, averse These two words both come from the Latin word vertere ‘to turn’, but averse (= turning away) means ‘opposed to’ and is typically used in negative contexts of people, whereas adverse (= turning towards, hostilely) is used of things …   Modern English usage

  • adverse — adversely, adv. adverseness, n. /ad verrs , ad verrs/, adj. 1. unfavorable or antagonistic in purpose or effect: adverse criticism. 2. opposing one s interests or desire: adverse circumstances. 3. being or acting in a contrary direction; opposed… …   Universalium

  • adverse — /ˈædvɜs / (say advers), /ədˈvɜs / (say uhd vers) adjective 1. antagonistic in purpose or effect: adverse criticism 2. opposing one s interests or desire: adverse fate; adverse fortune; adverse influences; adverse circumstances. 3. being or acting …   Australian English dictionary

  • adverse — ad•verse [[t]ædˈvɜrs, ˈæd vɜrs[/t]] adj. 1) unfavorable or antagonistic: adverse criticism[/ex] 2) opposing one s interests or wishes: adverse circumstances[/ex] 3) being in an opposite direction: adverse winds[/ex] • Etymology: 1350–1400; <… …   From formal English to slang

  • adverse — adjective /ˈædvɜːs,ədˈvɜːs/ a) Unfavorable; antagonistic in purpose or effect; hostile; actively opposing ones interests or wishes; contrary to ones welfare; acting against; working in an opposing direction. adverse criticism b) Opposed;… …   Wiktionary

  • adverse — UK US /ˈædvɜːs/ adjective [before noun] ► harmful or likely to cause problems: »A chain reaction of adverse events in the financial markets has put lenders under severe pressure. adverse effect/impact/change »Recent bad publicity has had an… …   Financial and business terms

  • circumstances — n. 1) adverse, difficult, trying circumstances 2) reduced, straitened circumstances 3) aggravating; extenuating, mitigating circumstances 4) attendant; compelling; exceptional, special; favorable; suspicious; tragic; unavoidable; unforeseen… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • Adverse possession — Squatter s rights redirects here. For the film, see Squatter s Rights (film). Property law …   Wikipedia

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