adversarial

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ad·ver·sar·i·al / ˌadvərˈse(ə)rēəl/ • adj. involving or characterized by conflict or opposition: industry and government had an adversarial relationship. ∎  opposed; hostile. ∎ Law (of a trial or legal procedure) in which the parties in a dispute have the responsibility for finding and presenting evidence: an adversarial system of justice. Compare with inquisitorial.DERIVATIVES: ad·ver·sar·i·al·ly adv.