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Expressing antithesis or opposition: the adversative conjunction but.
A word that expresses antithesis or opposition.

[Latin adversātīvus, from adversātus, past participle of adversārī, to oppose, from adversus, against; see adverse.]

ad·ver′sa·tive·ly adv.
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(ədˈvɜːsətɪv) grammar
(Linguistics) (of a word, phrase, or clause) implying opposition or contrast. But and although are adversative conjunctions introducing adversative clauses
(Linguistics) an adversative word or speech element
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(ædˈvɜr sə tɪv)

1. expressing contrariety, opposition, or antithesis: “But” is an adversative conjunction.
2. an adversative word.
[1525–35; < Late Latin]
ad•ver′sa•tive•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.adversative - expressing antithesis or opposition; "the adversative conjunction `but' in `poor but happy'"
disjunctive - serving or tending to divide or separate
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But.'" (3) The adversative conjunction "but" is not followed by an antithetical utterance, as the narrator explains: "He [Claude]ias nothing antithetical to add." In the present case the break obviously derives from the incapacity of the speaker to continue the clause begun by him.
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In addition, there are no effective international enforcements in the case of refugees except blaming of the international public opinions and the introducing a country as a adversative of the international laws.
Ong thinks that feminine openness toward the other, an instinctually positive disposition to the environment as a whole, is contrasted by a masculine adversative stance toward the world.
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