What does opposition mean?

Definitions for opposition
ˌɒp əˈzɪʃ ənop·po·si·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. resistance, opposition(noun)

    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"

  2. opposition, oppositeness(noun)

    the relation between opposed entities

  3. confrontation, opposition(noun)

    the act of hostile groups opposing each other

    "the government was not ready for a confrontation with the unions"; "the invaders encountered stiff opposition"

  4. opposition, opponent, opposite(noun)

    a contestant that you are matched against

  5. opposition(noun)

    a body of people united in opposing something

  6. opposition(noun)

    a direction opposite to another

  7. enemy, foe, foeman, opposition(noun)

    an armed adversary (especially a member of an opposing military force)

    "a soldier must be prepared to kill his enemies"

  8. Opposition(noun)

    the major political party opposed to the party in office and prepared to replace it if elected

    "Her Majesty's loyal opposition"

Wiktionary

  1. opposition(Noun)

    The action of opposing or of being in conflict.

    Etymology: From oposicion (whence opposition), from oppositio (translating Greek ἀντίθεσις), from the past participle stem of classical opponere.

  2. opposition(Noun)

    An opposite or contrasting position.

    Etymology: From oposicion (whence opposition), from oppositio (translating Greek ἀντίθεσις), from the past participle stem of classical opponere.

  3. opposition(Noun)

    An opponent in some form of competition.

    Etymology: From oposicion (whence opposition), from oppositio (translating Greek ἀντίθεσις), from the past participle stem of classical opponere.

  4. opposition(Noun)

    The apparent relative position of two celestial bodies when one is at an angle of 180 degrees from the other as seen from the Earth.

    Etymology: From oposicion (whence opposition), from oppositio (translating Greek ἀντίθεσις), from the past participle stem of classical opponere.

  5. opposition(Noun)

    A political party opposed to the party or government in power.

    Etymology: From oposicion (whence opposition), from oppositio (translating Greek ἀντίθεσις), from the past participle stem of classical opponere.

  6. opposition(Noun)

    In United States intellectual property law, a proceeding in which an interested party seeks to prevent the registration of a trademark or patent.

    Etymology: From oposicion (whence opposition), from oppositio (translating Greek ἀντίθεσις), from the past participle stem of classical opponere.

  7. opposition(Noun)

    A position in which the player on the move must yield with his king allowing his opponent to advance with his own king.

    Etymology: From oposicion (whence opposition), from oppositio (translating Greek ἀντίθεσις), from the past participle stem of classical opponere.

Freebase

  1. Opposition

    Parliamentary opposition is a form of political opposition to a designated government, particularly in a Westminster-based parliamentary system. Note that this article uses the term government as it is used in Parliamentary systems, i.e. meaning the administration or the cabinet rather than the state. The title of "Official Opposition" usually goes to the largest of the parties sitting in opposition with its leader being given the title "Leader of the Opposition". In First Past the Post assemblies, where the tendency to gravitate into two major parties or party groupings operates strongly, government and opposition roles can go to the two main groupings serially in alternation. In this context, the opposition forms a recognised, even semi-official "government-in-waiting". Its "opposing" can degenerate into a charade pending the eventual exchange of roles and occupation, or reoccupation, of the Treasury benches. The more proportional a representative system, the greater the likelihood of multiple political parties appearing in the parliamentary debating chamber. Such systems can foster multiple "opposition" parties which may have little in common and minimal desire to form a united bloc opposed to the government of the day.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Opposition

    op-ō-zish′un, n. state of being placed over against: position over against: repugnance: contrariety: contrast: act or action of opposing: resistance: that which opposes: obstacle: (logic) a difference of quantity or quality between two propositions having the same subject and predicate: the party that opposes the ministry or existing administration: (astron.) the situation of heavenly bodies when 180 degrees apart.—n. Opposi′tionist, one who belongs to an opposing party, esp. that opposed to the government. [Opposite.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. opposition

    A celestial body is said to be in opposition to the sun when their longitudes differ 180°, or half the circumference of the heavens.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'opposition' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1072

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'opposition' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2919

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'opposition' in Nouns Frequency: #496

How to pronounce opposition?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of opposition in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of opposition in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of opposition in a Sentence

  1. Defense Secretary Ash Carter:

    We are looking for ways to streamline our train and equip program's vetting process to get more recruits into the training pipeline, we are also refining our curriculum, expanding our outreach to the moderate opposition, and incorporating lessons learned from the first training class.

  2. Julia Sweig:

    That happens by using his executive authority to open up new opportunities for travel, trade and investment. And the Cuban government needs to do the same, this could neutralize remaining opposition in Congress and make it impossible for the next president, if it is a Republican, to reverse it.

  3. Murat Belge:

    This has nothing to do with insulting the president. This is only about silencing political opposition. This is about intimidating people and scaring the country so nobody would criticize the government.

  4. Ronald Reagan:

    The Soviet Union would remain a one-party nation even if an opposition party were permitted-because everyone would join that party.

  5. British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond:

    The Russians say they want to destroy Daesh but they are not bombing Daesh : they are bombing the moderate opposition, less than 30 per cent of Russian strikes are against Daesh targets.

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  • oposicióCatalan, Valencian
  • opoziceCzech
  • OppositionGerman
  • αντιπολίτευσηGreek
  • اپوزیسیونPersian
  • vastustus, vastarinta, oppositio, vastustaja, vastaisuus, vastapuoliFinnish
  • oppositionFrench
  • urchomhaireachtIrish
  • התנגדותHebrew
  • ellenkezés, szembenállás, ellenzék, ellenzés, ellenfél, ellenszegülésHungarian
  • ընդդիմությունArmenian
  • opposizioneItalian
  • 反対, 衝, 野党Japanese
  • mautohetanga, āpitihana, ātetengaMāori
  • oppositieDutch
  • oposiçãoPortuguese
  • împotrivire, opoziție, opunere, oponentRomanian
  • противодействие, противостояние, оппонент, противоположность, оппозиция, противникRussian
  • oppositionSwedish
  • mpinzaniSwahili
  • muhalefet, karşıt, muhalif, karşıtlıkTurkish

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