hos·tile adj
1: having an intimidating, antagonistic, or offensive nature
a hostile work environment
2 a: of or relating to an opposing party in a legal action
a hostile claim
b: adverse to the interests of a party to a legal action
if the interests of the party joined involuntarily render him hostile to the original plaintiff, he must remain a defendant — J. H. Friedenthal et al.
3 a: adverse to or incompatible with the interests of a property owner
a hostile use see also adverse possession at possession; easement by prescription at easement, prescription 1
b: unwelcome by or contrary to the interests of corporate stockholders or management
a hostile takeover bid

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I adjective abusive, acrimonious, actively opposed, adverse, aggressive, alienated, antagonistic, antipathetic, antipodal, antithetic, antithetical, antonymous, arguing, argumentative, assaulting, at odds, at variance, baneful, battling, besetting, bitter, bristling, calamitous, cantankerous, challenging, clashing, combative, competitive, conflicting, contentious, contesting, contradictory, contrariant, contrarious, contrary, counteracting, counteractive, destructive, disaffected, disagreeing, disastrous, discordant, disdainful, disloyal, disputatious, dissentient, dissenting, dissentious, dissident, divided, dreadful, embittered, estranged, factious, frictional, full of hate, full of malice harmful, harsh, ill-disposed, ill-willed, in opposition, inacquiescent, incompatible, inconsistent with, infensus, infestus, inimical, inimicus, irreconcilable, malevolent, noncooperating, opposed, opposing, opposite, oppositional, oppugnant, polarized, pugnacious, rancorous, reactionary, refractory, renitent, reverse, schismatic, spiteful, truculent, unapproving, unconsonant, uncooperative, unharmonious, vicious, vis-à-vis, wrangling associated concepts: hostile fire, hostile intent, hostile party, hostile possession of property, hostile witness II index averse, bitter (reproachful), discordant, disobedient, impertinent (insolent), inimical, irreconcilable, litigious, malevolent, malicious, malignant, negative, nonconsenting, offensive (taking the initiative), opposite, prejudicial, pugnacious, recusant, repugnant (incompatible), spiteful, unfavorable, virulent

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Antagonistic; acting like an enemy.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


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