Latin. adv. In a self contradictory manner, inconsistently. To oppose; to resist. Acting against, or in a contrary direction; opposed; contrary; opposite; conflicting; as, adverse winds; an adverse party; a spirit adverse to distinctions of caste. Opposite. In hostile opposition to; unfavorable; unpropitious; contrary to one's wishes; unfortunate; calamitous; afflictive; hurtful; as, adverse fates, adverse circumstances, things adverse. Adverse possession.
- (Law), a possession of real property avowedly contrary to some claim of title in another person.
Syn. - Averse; reluctant; unwilling. See Averse.