Adverse and Averse

What is the difference between adverse and averse?

Adverse

Definition: Adjective

  • preventing success or development; harmful; unfavourable.

Examples:

  1. High inflation is having an adverse effect on economic growth.
  2. Is it possible to cut down trees without having an adverse effect on the environment?
  3. The new laws have an adverse impact on the poorer members of society.

Averse

Definition: Adjective

  • having a strong dislike of or opposition to something.

Examples:

  1. The government is averse to losing the next election.
  2. Many investors are averse to taking big financial risks.
  3. After many years in the army, he was not averse to taking long runs in the mountains.