Definition of adversative in English:

adversative

adjective

Grammar
  • (of a word or phrase) expressing opposition or antithesis.

    • ‘In Russian, there are three adversative conjunctions.’
    • ‘Davie qualifies bold assertions and subordinate escape-clauses, paradoxical epithets and sentences opening with an adversative link.’
    • ‘A paraphrase may be achieved by taking two short sentences and joining them together with an adversative connector.’
    • ‘This article will deal with a series of adversative conjunctions.’
    • ‘The French ‘cela dit’ is adversative, whereas the English ‘that is to say’ conveys equivalency.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from French adversatif, -ive or late Latin adversativus, from Latin adversari oppose from adversus (see adverse).

Pronunciation:

adversative

/ədˈvərsədiv/