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Relating to or characteristic of an adversary; involving antagonistic elements: "Some speakers fall almost willingly into an adversarial relationship with the audience" (Don Pfarrer).
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1. pertaining to or characterized by antagonism and conflict
2. (Law) Brit having or involving opposing parties or interests in a legal contest. US term: adversary
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adversarial[ˌædvərˈsɛəriəl] adj [relationship, system] → antagonique
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