Meaning of adversarial in English:


Pronunciation /ˌadvəˈsɛːrɪəl/

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  • 1Involving or characterized by conflict or opposition.

    ‘the adversarial nature of the two-party system’
    • ‘With shared goals, there is less reason for conflict or adversarial relationships.’
    • ‘Working for opposing stations the two men relished the jokey adversarial relationship they shared - one which continues until today.’
    • ‘The Convention drew up a list of principles to guide the Parliament, including the aim to move away from the adversarial nature of Westminster and towards a model based on power-sharing and public participation.’
    • ‘This is an adversarial relationship both ways, in which the media control more weapons of destruction than any minister, and use them with reckless passion or amusement, whether to make a headline or dismantle a career.’
    • ‘I wouldn't call it an adversarial relationship.’
    • ‘‘This issue needs to be looked at given the adversarial nature of compensation claims,’ Dr Reilly said.’
    • ‘The only beneficiary of the adversarial relationship imposed on religion and science two hundred years ago has been meaninglessness.’
    • ‘This is not good for the health of our democracy, since it often casts civil society in an adversarial relationship to the State.’
    • ‘Williams insisted there had been no adversarial relationship between the ministry and the nurses.’
    • ‘It has never had an adversarial relationship with the government.’
    • ‘They have a much more adversarial relationship with government than we do.’
    • ‘Creating an adversarial relationship with the listener is a mistake.’
    • ‘But what surprised me most about the meeting was a general agreement that the biggest turn-off was the adversarial nature of the campaigning.’
    • ‘Such is the nature of our adversarial democratic structures.’
    • ‘But it is one thing to air such differences in a framework of constructive give-and-take and another to escalate differences of opinion into an adversarial relationship.’
    • ‘I think there is an adversarial relationship within the sports journalism business.’
    • ‘We have an adversarial relationship with them.’
    • ‘The thing about questions like this is that they presuppose an adversarial relationship with clients, and that's so not the case with me.’
    • ‘She has obviously had an adversarial relationship with the media for a long time.’
    • ‘Families engaged in contentious, highly adversarial, and prolonged conflict before and during divorce often remain embattled afterward as well.’
    1. 1.1Law (of a trial or legal proceedings) in which the parties in a dispute have the responsibility for finding and presenting evidence.
      ‘an adversarial system of justice’
      • ‘In this tradition, a single judge both investigates and decides a case without benefit of an adversarial trial.’
      • ‘We have an adversarial system where evidence needs to be tested under cross-examination, so if we're going to put somebody behind bars, you need to establish charges beyond reasonable doubt.’
      • ‘If the parties fail to achieve a settlement through the collaborative law approach, the parties may then pursue adversarial court proceedings.’
      • ‘In an adversarial system of justice, however, judges are expected to crib from the arguments, ideas, and research of the adversaries.’
      • ‘In the adversarial system at the beginning of trial proceedings the court asks the defendant whether he pleads guilty or not guilty.’