adverse Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"adverse" in British English

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adverseadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈæd.vɜːs/ /ədˈvɜːs/  us   /ædˈvɝːs/
C2 having a ​negative or ​harmfuleffect on something: The ​match has been ​cancelled because of adverse weatherconditions. They ​received a lot of adverse publicity/​criticism about the ​changes. So ​far the ​drug is ​thought not to have any adverse effects.
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adversely
uk   us   /-li/
A lot of ​companies have been adversely affected (= in a ​harmful way) by the ​recession.
(Definition of adverse from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"adverse" in American English

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adverseadjective

 us   /ædˈvɜrs, ˈæd·vɜrs/
going against something, or causing ​harm: Her ​policies may have adverse ​effects on the ​economy.
(Definition of adverse from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"adverse" in Business English

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adverseadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˈædvɜːs/
harmful or likely to cause problems: A ​chainreaction of adverse ​events in the ​financialmarkets has put ​lenders under severe ​pressure.adverse effect/impact/change Recent ​badpublicity has had an adverse ​effect on ​sales.adverse conditions/consequences/circumstances Many ​experts believe it may be too late to prevent adverse consequences to the world's ​climatesystem.adverse reaction/side-effect Some ​people have adverse ​reactions to additives and preservatives used in many ​foods.
(Definition of adverse from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “adverse”
in Spanish adverso, desfavorable, negativo…
in Vietnamese bất lợi…
in Malaysian kritikan…
in Thai ซึ่งไม่น่าพอใจ…
in French défavorable…
in German ungünstig…
in Chinese (Simplified) 不利的, 负面的, 有害的…
in Indonesian mencela, merugikan…
in Chinese (Traditional) 不利的, 負面的, 有害的…
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