Definitions for: Opposition


[n] the action of opposing something that you disapprove or disagree with; "he encountered a general feeling of resistance from many citizens"; "despite opposition from the newspapers he went ahead"
[n] the act of opposing groups confronting each other; "the government was not ready for a confrontation with the unions"; "the invaders encountered stiff opposition"
[n] a body of people united in opposing something
[n] a political party opposed to the party in power and prepared to replace it if elected; "Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition"
[n] an armed adversary (especially a member of an opposing military force); "a soldier must be prepared to kill his enemies"
[n] a contestant that you are matched against
[n] a direction opposite to another
[n] the relation between opposed entities



Webster (1913) Definition: Op`po*si"tion, n. [F., fr. L. oppositio. See
Opposite.]
1. The act of opposing; an attempt to check, restrain, or
defeat; resistance.

The counterpoise of so great an opposition. --Shak.

Virtue which breaks through all opposition.
--Milton.

2. The state of being placed over against; situation so as to
front something else. --Milton.

3. Repugnance; contrariety of sentiment, interest, or
purpose; antipathy. --Shak.

4. That which opposes; an obstacle; specifically, the
aggregate of persons or things opposing; hence, in
politics and parliamentary practice, the party opposed to
the party in power.

5. (Astron.) The situation of a heavenly body with respect to
another when in the part of the heavens directly opposite
to it; especially, the position of a planet or satellite
when its longitude differs from that of the sun 180[deg];
-- signified by the symbol ?; as, ? [Jupiter] [Sun],
opposition of Jupiter to the sun.

6. (Logic) The relation between two propositions when, having
the same subject and predicate, they differ in quantity,
or in quality, or in both; or between two propositions
which have the same matter but a different form.

Synonyms: confrontation, enemy, foe, foeman, opposite, oppositeness, resistance

See Also: action, adversary, antagonism, antagonist, antipodal, antipodal opposition, antipode, anti-takeover defense, antithesis, besieger, body, conflict, contestant, contradiction, contradictoriness, contrariety, contrary, contrast, diametrical opposition, direct contrast, direction, enantiomorphism, gradable opposition, inverse, lockout, mirror-image relation, mutual opposition, opponent, opposer, opposite, orthogonal opposition, orthogonality, party, perpendicularity, polarity, political party, reaction, relation, resister, reverse, sign, strikebreaking, tertium quid, ungradable opposition

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