adverse Definition

  • 1preventing success or development; harmful; unfavorable
  • 2opposed to one's interests; hostile

Using adverse: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "adverse" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The company faced adverse market conditions due to the pandemic.

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    The medicine had adverse side effects on the patient.

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    Her decision had an adverse impact on the team's performance.

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    The adverse weather conditions forced the cancellation of the event.

adverse Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with adverse

  • a legal principle that allows a person who possesses someone else's property for a certain period of time to claim legal ownership of it


    The family claimed adverse possession of the abandoned house after living there for over 10 years.

  • adverse selection

    a situation where buyers have more information about a product than sellers, leading to a market failure


    The insurance company faced adverse selection when only high-risk individuals applied for their policies.

  • a party in a legal proceeding who is opposed to the claims made by another party


    The defendant was the adverse party in the lawsuit filed by the plaintiff.

Origins of adverse

from Latin 'adversus', meaning 'turned against'


Summary: adverse in Brief

'Adverse' [ˈædvɜːs] means harmful or unfavorable, preventing success or development. It can also mean hostile or opposed to one's interests. Examples include 'The company faced adverse market conditions due to the pandemic' and 'The medicine had adverse side effects on the patient.' Phrases like 'adverse possession' and 'adverse selection' are used in legal and economic contexts.

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