opposition

(redirected from oppositional)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia.

in the teeth of

1. In spite of; notwithstanding. Some people still believe vaccinations to be harmful in the teeth of thousands of scientific studies proving otherwise. In the teeth of the boss's disapproval, we decided to go forward with the project anyway.
2. When threatened by or confronted with. It's hard to be an optimist in the teeth of so much tragedy and turmoil in the news each day. The plane turned into the teeth of a horrible storm.
See also: of, teeth

in opposition (to someone or something)

Opposed or contrary to someone or something; against someone or something. The purpose of our group is to stand in opposition to the corporations planning to move in and destroy local business. Our administration is in vehement opposition to any deal that gives them access to nuclear armaments.
See also: opposition, someone

in opposition (to someone or something)

against someone or something; opposing someone or something. You'll find that I'm firmly in opposition to any further expenditures. The council and the mayor are usually in opposition.
See also: opposition

in the teeth of

1. Straight into, confronting, as in The ship was headed in the teeth of the gale. [Late 1200s]
2. In opposition to or defiance of, as in She stuck to her position in the teeth of criticism by the board members. [Late 1700s] Also see fly in the face of.
3. Facing danger or threats, as in The tribe was in the teeth of starvation. [Early 1800s]
See also: of, teeth

in the teeth of

1 directly against (the wind). 2 in spite of or contrary to (opposition or difficulty).
2 2001 Fast Company Magazine All of these solid performances occurred in the teeth of a global economic slowdown.
See also: of, teeth

in oppoˈsition to somebody/something


1 disagreeing strongly with somebody/something, especially with the aim of preventing something from happening: Protest marches were held in opposition to the proposed law.
2 contrasting two people or things that are very different: Leisure is usually defined in opposition to work.

(do something) in the teeth of danger, opposition, etc.

(do something) when or even though it is dangerous or people oppose it, etc: The new law was passed in the teeth of strong opposition.They crossed the Atlantic in the teeth of a force 10 wind.
See also: of, teeth
References in periodicals archive ?
Evidence for developmentally based diagnoses of oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorder.
Another type of oppositional thinking Keating problematizes is intersectionality.
Counseling or psychotherapy was defined as any treatment or intervention performed by a mental health practitioner addressing reduction of oppositional symptoms directed at the child or through the child's caregiver.
Non-pharmacological interventions for children who display oppositional and defiant behaviours typically revolve around the teaching of prosocial behaviour and the correction of antisocial behaviour.
In the section that follows, we examine how common African-American educational discourses employed to understand and address the academic achievement concerns of African-American students such as the oppositional culture theory and cultural difference theory possesses dual meanings that both open new possibilities of meaning while also potentially reifying problematic essentialisms of culture and difference.
2001) reported that oppositional behaviour was related to the development of mood and anxiety disorders.
And when 15-year-old Kaylee, diagnosed with ADHD and Oppositional Defiant Disorder, takes a day off her medication, Louis gets a glimpse of what her life is like without the drugs.
Similarly, scores reflecting cognitive problems, inattention, hyperactivity, and oppositional behavior had risen slightly since the 6-month follow-up but remained significantly improved over baseline scores.
His mother claims he suffers from something called Oppositional Defiant Disorder, which makes him hostile to authority figures.
I ALWAYS thought I was just a stroppy little bugger, but evidently I've been suffering from Oppositional Defiant Disorder all my life without knowing it.
Spangler further reassesses the ostensibly oppositional habits we usually ascribe to early Baptists: spurning alcohol and gaming, adopting plain clothes, and rigorous Sabbath observance.
This paper discusses the following topics on ODD: (1) What Is Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)?
applies Chela Sandoval's conceptualization of tactical subjectivity to theorizing the way the women workers develop oppositional consciousness through living in the Free Trade Zone and the way this oppositional consciousness facilitates movement among identity stances at the workplace, at worker boardinghouses, and in their narratives, although she expands upon Sandoval's formulation to show how the movement among identities can be constrained by both social and psychological structures and institutions.
Conversely, low-achieving students often adopted an oppositional identity and espoused a strong ethnic group identification (Fordham & Ogbu, 1986; Solomon, 1992).
The oppositional communities in all of these texts are not forged easily, Petty suggests.