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averse (adj) disliking something; disliking doing something.

Used mostly in the negative form 'not to be averse to', to be averse to means to dislike something. If you dislike something, you are averse to it. 'I am averse to arguments,' means I dislike arguments. A person dislikes smoking if they are averse to smoking. A person certainly prefers going by bus, but is not averse to walking, if they like to walk sometimes.

  • Charles is usually against drink but is not averse to an occasional beer, especially when the weather is warm.
  • Persons who are not averse to fatty foods and are averse to exercise will soon gain weight and, as a result, run the risk of suffering from diabetes and heart diseases.
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