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adversative (not comparable)
- (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).
- (linguistics) Expressing adverse effect.
- 2002, Shoichi Iwasaki, Japanese, 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.
expressing opposition or difference
adversative (plural adversatives)