adversarial

[ ad-ver-ser-ee ]SEE DEFINITION OF adversarial

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Competition often degenerates into an adversarial relation and conflict.

Moral individualism succeeds or fails within a framework of adversarial human relations.

WORD ORIGIN

by 1892, from adversary + -al (1). Probably coined to avoid confusion which might arise with use of adversary (adj.), which is attested from late 14c. Related: Adversarially.

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confrontational

adjectiveaggressive
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