unfavorable or antagonistic in purpose or effect:
opposing one’s interests or desire:
being or acting in a contrary direction; opposed or opposing:
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This lack of standards has adverse reproductive, sexual, and mental-health consequences for survivors of sexual violence.
Fixing India’s Rape Problem Aruna Kashyap January 9, 2013
“Any time you put a foreign substance into anybody you have the potential for an adverse event,” Geisbert reminds.
Uh Oh: Ebola Vaccine Trials Stop Leigh Cowart December 18, 2014
An adverse tenure decision often marks the end of an academic career.
Crazy for Tenure Adam Winkler February 17, 2010
And as in the United States, the results of these adverse circumstances and ambitious agenda are … deeply ambiguous.
Britain’s Bittersweet Future David Frum January 29, 2013
He probably scored more points off adverse questions by liberal Justices than he did off the easy stuff.
Justice Roberts Shines David Frum March 27, 2012
You would have evaded it, and put yourself in the wrong; and the inquiry, well urged, might have been adverse to Sir Charles.
A Terrible Temptation Charles Reade
The experience of civilized nations has hitherto been adverse to Socialism.
The Republic Plato
The adverse weather held us in front and the disease pressed on our rear.
The Shadow-Line Joseph Conrad
“Some adverse influence is at work,” said Funkelstein, with some vexation.
David Elginbrod George MacDonald
The very beating of the rain, the adverse wind, seemed to chafe his spirits and excite his courage.
Tom Burke Of “Ours”, Volume I (of II) Charles James Lever
antagonistic or inimical; hostile: adverse criticism
unfavourable to one’s interests: adverse circumstances
contrary or opposite in direction or position: adverse winds
(of leaves, flowers, etc) facing the main stem Compare averse (sense 2)
late 14c., “contrary, opposing,” from Old French avers (13c., Modern French adverse) “antagonistic, unfriendly, contrary, foreign” (e.g. gent avers “infidel race”), from Latin adversus “turned against, turned toward, fronting, facing,” figuratively “hostile, adverse, unfavorable,” past participle of advertere, from ad- “to” (see ad-) + vertere “to turn” (see versus). Related: Adversely.
- Adverse possession
the open and exclusive occupation and use of someone else’s real property without permission of the owner continuously for a period of years prescribed by law, thereafter giving title to the occupier-user. Historical Examples The doctrine of “adverse possession” is founded on the anxiety of our law to secure quietude of title. Ten Thousand a-Year […]
- Adverse pressure gradient
noun (aerodynamics) an increase of pressure in the direction of flow
- Adverse selection
the process of singling out potential customers who are considered higher risks than the average. Contemporary Examples So some insurers exited the markets, while the ones that stayed charged very high prices to offset this “adverse selection.” Why the Individual Mandate Is Effective and Efficient Dr. Jonathan Gruber March 26, 2012 noun a situation in […]
- Adverse reaction
adverse reaction adverse reaction ad·verse reaction (ād-vûrs’, ād’vûrs’) n. A result of drug therapy that is neither intended nor expected in normal therapeutic use and that causes significant, sometimes life-threatening conditions. Contemporary Examples Reeve passed away after experiencing an adverse reaction to an antibiotic on Oct. 10, 2004. Robin Williams and Christopher Reeve’s Epic Friendship […]