adversative conjunction

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Noun1.adversative conjunction - the conjunctive relation of units that expresses the opposition of their meanings
conjunction - the grammatical relation between linguistic units (words or phrases or clauses) that are connected by a conjunction
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The category "adversative conjunction" contains cases where there is a clear connection between the two clauses in different polarities, and the negative one often reformulates the prior positive clause.
In the category of "epistemic-adversative particle" the upcoming clauses are much more independent of the prior clause than in the category "adversative conjunction".
The following example contains an adversative conjunction:
Similarly, the development from temporal to adversative conjunction and the development of the various meanings associated with modal verbs are independent of any perceived relationship between the conceptual situations expressed in the old and the new contexts where the relevant forms are used.
If we examine Sam's use of the adversative conjunction, "but," we find an equally remarkable performance of uniquely Iroquoian discourse.
The next most frequent being the adversative conjunctions "but" "yet"; the causal conjunction "so"; and the additive conjunction "and".