n.1.A turning towards; attention.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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What thus can be called "gross recklessness" presumably means that either the degree of risk, the degree of conscious adversion to risk, or the lack of justification (i.e., the disutility of the actor's motive) are more severe than what suffices for simple recklessness.
This system, which he calls "adversion", also includes non-verbal elements, such as gestures, gaze, facial expressions, posture, and so on.
La misma adversion anticlerical tambien aparece, fuera del area romanica, en los picantes y divertidos Cuentos de Canterbury de Chaucer del siglo xiv.
To intimate through title or concluding flourish that a poem was to be or had been about something, other than ironically or misleadingly, had long since become a mark of the middlebrow, the poetic gem or slight adversion. Such a gesture was held to demote poetic performance to a supporting act preparing the way for a wry or sentimental takeaway message.
If however we pay "attention" to the suggestive resonance of the words contraction and distraction, we may conclude rather that distraction is not entirely different from the contractive tension of attention, but is rather a diversive acceleration or fragmentary accumulation of it, in short, a diversion of adversion. In other words, distraction is the very drifting of attention, its continual turning elsewhere, which is in fact a continual being turned elsewhere, just as the description of children's curiosity at the very beginning of Burke's treatise suggests in the opening section on novelty (31 [1.1]).
A combination of the recession and the banks' adversion to finance anything in the forestry sector made for some tough sledding in trying to raise working capital.
(It seems that human nature has an adversion to saving during good times.) Joseph did not recommend expanded bureaucracy and increased regulatory burdens as a solution to tough economic times.