Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having a feeling of opposition, distaste, or aversion; strongly disinclined: investors who are averse to taking risks.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having a repugnance or opposition of mind.
  • adj. Turned away or backward.
  • adj. Lying on the opposite side (to or from).
  • v. To turn away.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Turned away or backward.
  • adj. Having a repugnance or opposition of mind; disliking; disinclined; unwilling; reluctant.
  • v. To turn away.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Turned away from anything; turned backward; averted.
  • Hence Specifically: In botany, turned away from the central axis: opposed to adverse (which see). In ornithology, set back or turned away from: applied to pygopodous or rumpfooted birds, whose legs are set so far back that the erect posture is necessitated, as in the case of the loon, grebe, or auk.
  • Disliking; unwilling; having reluctance.
  • Unfavorable; indisposed; adverse.
  • [This word and its derivatives are now regularly followed by to, and not by from, although the latter is used by some modern writers. The word itself includes the idea of from; but the literal meaning is ignored, the affection of the mind signified by the word being regarded as exerted toward the object of dislike. Similarly, the kindred terms contrary, repugnant, etc., are also followed by to.] Synonyms Averse, Reluctant, disinclined, backward, slow, loath, opposed. Averse implies habitual dislike or unwillingness, though not of a very strong character, and is nearly synonymous with disinclined: as, averse to study, to active pursuits. Reluctant, literally, struggling back from, implies some degree of struggle either with others who are inciting us on, or between our own inclination and some strong motive, as sense of duty, whether it operates as an impelling or as a restraining influence. See antipathy.
  • To turn away; avert. B. Jonson.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (usually followed by `to') strongly opposed

Etymologies

Latin āversus, past participle of āvertere, to turn away; see avert.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin aversus, past participle of avertere ("to avert") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Being seriously risk averse is as harmful as having too much risk tolerance.

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  • We are taught to think of them as stolid, almost physically rooted to the soil and averse from the artificial.

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  • The experience gained is of no use in any other employment, and the unusual freedom makes the messenger who has outgrown his calling averse to the discipline of more regular occupations.

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  • These earnest terms are often used, and the address to God, as indifferent or averse, is found in Ps 3: 7; 22: 24; 27: 9, &c.

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  • As movies have become more expensive to make and market, big studios have become more risk averse, which is why more and more films are remakes, sequels, or are based on popular previous works.

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  • Our financing system is increasingly risk averse, which is stifling entrepreneurship and innovation.

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  • More than that, if the policy issues raised by the Shell-BOC row are not resolved and firmed up government positions will continue to be characterized as averse to efficient good governance and the permanent good of our republic.

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  • Or, for the stats-terms averse, he's least likely to be simply an Arizona mirage.

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  • If exposing the CIA makes them more risk-averse, that is a GOOD thing.

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  • "They need to be more commercial and even entrepreneurial and that means not being risk averse, which is not in the DNA of the classical IT person," he observes.

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