Averse or Adverse?

Common Mistake

People confuse these two words and use adverse when they mean averse.

EG: I’m not adverse averse to a good argument.


Use averse when you want to say someone is against something or disinclined to do something. It describes a person’s attitude.

EG: He’s risk-averse. I’m not averse to a good argument.


Use adverse when you could use negative or unfavorable instead.

EG. She had an adverse [negative] reaction to the drug. They faced adverse [unfavorable] weather conditions.

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