hos·tile adj
1: having an intimidating, antagonistic, or offensive nature
a hostile work environment
2 a: of or relating to an opposing party in a legal action
a hostile claim
b: adverse to the interests of a party to a legal action
if the interests of the party joined involuntarily render him hostile to the original plaintiff, he must remain a defendant — J. H. Friedenthal et al.
3 a: adverse to or incompatible with the interests of a property owner
a hostile use see also adverse possession at possession; easement by prescription at easement, prescription 1
b: unwelcome by or contrary to the interests of corporate stockholders or management
a hostile takeover bid

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I adjective abusive, acrimonious, actively opposed, adverse, aggressive, alienated, antagonistic, antipathetic, antipodal, antithetic, antithetical, antonymous, arguing, argumentative, assaulting, at odds, at variance, baneful, battling, besetting, bitter, bristling, calamitous, cantankerous, challenging, clashing, combative, competitive, conflicting, contentious, contesting, contradictory, contrariant, contrarious, contrary, counteracting, counteractive, destructive, disaffected, disagreeing, disastrous, discordant, disdainful, disloyal, disputatious, dissentient, dissenting, dissentious, dissident, divided, dreadful, embittered, estranged, factious, frictional, full of hate, full of malice harmful, harsh, ill-disposed, ill-willed, in opposition, inacquiescent, incompatible, inconsistent with, infensus, infestus, inimical, inimicus, irreconcilable, malevolent, noncooperating, opposed, opposing, opposite, oppositional, oppugnant, polarized, pugnacious, rancorous, reactionary, refractory, renitent, reverse, schismatic, spiteful, truculent, unapproving, unconsonant, uncooperative, unharmonious, vicious, vis-à-vis, wrangling associated concepts: hostile fire, hostile intent, hostile party, hostile possession of property, hostile witness II index averse, bitter (reproachful), discordant, disobedient, impertinent (insolent), inimical, irreconcilable, litigious, malevolent, malicious, malignant, negative, nonconsenting, offensive (taking the initiative), opposite, prejudicial, pugnacious, recusant, repugnant (incompatible), spiteful, unfavorable, virulent

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Antagonistic; acting like an enemy.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


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  • hostile — [ ɔstil ] adj. • 1450, rare XVIIe XVIIIe; lat. hostilis, de hostis « ennemi » 1 ♦ Qui manifeste de l agressivité, se conduit en ennemi. Pays, puissance hostile. Groupes hostiles qui se font la guerre. ⇒ adverse, ennemi. Foule hostile et menaçante …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • hostile — hos‧tile [ˈhɒstaɪl ǁ ˈhɑːstl, ˈhɑːstaɪl] adjective FINANCE a hostile bid or takeover is one in which a company tries to buy another company whose shareholder S do not want to sell: • They ve managed to fight off a hostile takeover bid. * * * …   Financial and business terms

  • Hostile — Hos tile, a. [L. hostilis, from hostis enemy: cf. F. hostile. See {Host} an army.] Belonging or appropriate to an enemy; showing the disposition of an enemy; showing ill will and malevolence, or a desire to thwart and injure; occupied by an enemy …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hostile — (adj.) late 15c., from M.Fr. hostile of or belonging to an enemy or directly from L. hostilis of an enemy, from hostis enemy (see GUEST (Cf. guest)). The noun meaning hostile person is recorded from 1838, Amer.Eng., a word from the Indian Wars …   Etymology dictionary

  • hostile — [häs′təl; ] chiefly Brit [, häs′tīl΄] adj. [L hostilis < hostis, enemy: see HOSPICE] 1. of or characteristic of an enemy; warlike 2. having or showing ill will; unfriendly; antagonistic 3. not hospitable or compatible; adverse 4. Finance of or …   English World dictionary

  • Hostile — Hos tile, n. An enemy; esp., an American Indian in arms against the whites; commonly in the plural. [Colloq.] P. H. Sheridan. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • hostile — ► ADJECTIVE 1) antagonistic; opposed. 2) of or belonging to a military enemy. 3) (of a takeover bid) opposed by the company to be bought. DERIVATIVES hostilely adverb hostility noun (pl. hostilities) . ORIGIN …   English terms dictionary

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