Definition of animadversive in US English:

animadversive

adjective

rare
  • That has the capacity for animadversion; specifically (in early use) perceptive, percipient, (in later use) critical, hostile.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Henry More (1614–1687), philosopher, poet, and theologian. From classical Latin animadvers-, past participial stem of animadvertere animadvert + -ive. Compare post-classical Latin animadversivus. Compare earlier animadvert, animadversion, animadversor.