Meaning of ADVERSE in English



Pronunciation: ad- ' v ə rs, ' ad- ˌ

Function: adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French advers, from Latin adversus, past participle of advertere

Date: 14th century

1 : acting against or in a contrary direction : HOSTILE <hindered by adverse winds>

2 a : opposed to one's interests <an adverse verdict> <heard testimony adverse to their position> especially : UNFAVORABLE < adverse criticism> b : causing harm : HARMFUL < adverse drug effects>

3 archaic : opposite in position

– ad · verse · ly adverb

– ad · verse · ness noun

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.