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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of avertere; AVERT



not be averse to something

to quite enjoy something, especially something that is slightly wrong or bad for you:
I was not averse to fighting with any boy who challenged me.
2 formal unwilling to do something or not liking something
be averse to (doing) something
Jim is averse to using chemicals in the garden
Some banks are risk averse (=do not like taking a risk).

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