adversarial
adversarial [ad΄vər ser′ē əl]
adj.
1. of or characterized by opposition, disagreement, hostility, etc., as between adversaries

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ad·ver·sar·i·al (ăd'vər-sârʹē-əl) adj.
Relating to or characteristic of an adversary; involving antagonistic elements: “the chasm between management and labor in this country, an often needlessly adversarial... atmosphere” (Steve Lohr).

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