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predicative usually with negative Having a strong dislike of or opposition to something.‘as a former CIA director, he is not averse to secrecy’in combination ‘the bank's approach has been risk-averse’
opposed to, against, antipathetic to, hostile to, antagonistic to, unfavourably disposed to, ill-disposed toView synonyms
- ‘Now some of you may know that if an opportunity arises of a little fun with a person of the opposite sex I'm not averse, rare as it is.’
- ‘I also stand to see the value of my property increase, which I'm not averse to.’
- ‘Strong and aggressive, he is not averse to a bit of shirt pulling and uses his arms effectively to hold off defenders.’
- ‘He was averse to the consumerist craze of the middle class, which has led to the bankruptcy of capitalist mores.’
- ‘Fortunately for us, our kidnappers are not averse to a bit of bargaining.’
- ‘He was a man known to be extremely controlling and averse to intrusions.’
- ‘I've noticed I'm becoming more and more averse to what I call overt luxury.’
- ‘Even so, I wouldn't be averse to a little greying at the sides, giving me a certain distinguished appearance.’
- ‘But as investors in such firms have learnt this year, the sector is not as risk averse as had been widely perceived.’
- ‘I am a recent alumna of the University of Waterloo and do not consider myself in any way averse to liberal writing.’
- ‘Definitely not a stock for the risk averse, Amvescap is one of the most attractive in the British market.’
- ‘Some will be risk averse, others close to retirement and unwilling to jeopardise their futures.’
- ‘They are not suitable for risk averse investors on any grounds.’
- ‘Come winter though, wombats are not averse to a little basking in the sun.’
- ‘As a seriously risk averse individual you should start with mutual funds.’
- ‘Gradually, then, no one who is averse to the teacher union message is going to choose to become a teacher.’
- ‘Even now he is flooded with offers, still he has resolved to keep off since he is averse to writing songs for set tunes.’
- ‘Besides, this thinking goes, families tend to be overprotective, risk averse and are to be mistrusted.’
- ‘The steam-baked ada can satisfy those who are averse to sugar and oily items.’
- ‘She does seem like the type who could think up such a thing and I'm sure a publisher wouldn't be averse to the idea.’
The widespread phrase for expressing dislike, opposition, or hostility (to things, usually not people) is averse to. Similarly, one may be said to have an aversion to (usually not aversion from) certain things or activities (but usually not people): Katherine was known for her aversion to flying, but she was brave and boarded the plane anyway. Averse from was prescribed by Samuel Johnson and is preferred by traditionalists, who condemn averse to as nonsensical (the Latin origin of averse has the meaning ‘turn from’). In both US and British English, however, averse to is now by far the more common occurrence. See also adverse
Late 16th century: from Latin aversus ‘turned away from’, past participle of avertere (see avert).
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