Adjective "adverse" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Preventing success or development; harmful; unfavourable.
  1. 'adverse weather conditions'
  2. 'It was bound to attract adverse publicity and bring the profession into disrepute.'
  3. 'Bacteria present in organic matter can have adverse effects on human and animal health.'
  4. 'Sources say that clients are leaving in droves because of the continuing adverse publicity.'
  5. 'The adverse publicity has caused tourists to stay away in droves from the countryside and towns.'
  6. 'The child required urgent medical attention but did not develop long term adverse effects.'
  7. 'The adverse publicity generated by the hijacking was the last thing the airline needed.'
  8. 'He believed it would have adverse effect on business and trade in the community.'
  9. 'So when lawn edges become overgrown and tatty, it can have an adverse effect on the look of the whole garden.'
  10. 'Fortunately, most schools forced to close due to the adverse weather were due to reopen today.'
  11. 'I hope his commitment and long hours do not have adverse effects on him or his family.'


1. unfavorable or antagonistic in purpose or effect: adverse criticism.

2. opposing one's interests or desire: adverse circumstances.

3. being or acting in a contrary direction; opposed or opposing: adverse winds.

4. opposite; confronting: the adverse page.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be adverse to things."

"labels can be adverse to members."

"weathers can be adverse to harvestings."

"stocks can be adverse for wheats."

"people can be adverse to ideas."

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Late Middle English: from Old French advers, from Latin adversus ‘against, opposite’, past participle of advertere, from ad- ‘to’ + vertere ‘to turn’. Compare with averse.