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|Which is correct?
As online security attacks increase, corporations are less ______ to allocating budget for security.
Explanation: Averse means opposed. Adverse, on the other hand, means negative. Conditions may be adverse but no matter how adverse they are, only humans or other sentient beings can be averse to them.
From Brian Clark, here’s The Inigo Montoya Guide to 27 Commonly Misused Words. You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
Daily Writing Tips also covers adverse vs. averse.
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