adversative

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin adversativus (of conjunctions, expressing opposition).

Adjective[edit]

adversative (not comparable)

  1. (linguistics) Expressing opposition or difference.
    • 1992, Raymond F. Collins, Divorce in the New Testament, page 155:
      In Matthew's Q-source, this short sentence may have been introduced by the strong adversative conjunction, "but" (alla).
  2. (linguistics) Expressing adverse effect.
    • 2002, Shoichi Iwasaki, Japanese[1], page 146:
      In an adversative causative, the "causer" has only a nominal status and is, in actuality, a victim of the situation ...
    • 2004, Umberto Ansaldo, “The evolution of Singapore English”, in Lisa Lim, editor, Singapore English: A Grammatical Description, page 138:
      This type of 'get-passive' typically bears adversative connotation, i.e. it is not used to express passives if the patient is not somewhat negatively affected by the event.
    • 2014, Naomi H. McGloin et al., Modern Japanese Grammar: A Practical Guide, page 114:
      The adversative passive sentence expresses that the subject of the sentence is affected, usually adversely, by what is expressed in the rest of the sentence.

Translations[edit]

Noun[edit]

adversative (plural adversatives)

  1. (rare, dated) Something, particularly a clause or conjunction, which is adversative.

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

adversative

  1. feminine singular of adversatif

German[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

adversative

  1. inflection of adversativ:
    1. strong/mixed nominative/accusative feminine singular
    2. strong nominative/accusative plural
    3. weak nominative all-gender singular
    4. weak accusative feminine/neuter singular