- /ˌædvəˈsɛəriəl/ (say .advuh'sairreeuhl)
1. characterised by overt conflict: an adversarial approach.
2. Law relating to the system of common law in which representatives of the prosecution and defence, or plaintiff and defendant, argue the case in opposition to each other.
Australian English dictionary. 2014.
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