From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Opposition \Op`po*si"tion\, n. [F., fr. L. oppositio. See
   1. The act of opposing; an attempt to check, restrain, or
      defeat; resistance.
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            The counterpoise of so great an opposition. --Shak.
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            Virtue which breaks through all opposition.
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   2. The state of being placed over against; situation so as to
      front something else. --Milton.
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   3. Repugnance; contrariety of sentiment, interest, or
      purpose; antipathy. --Shak.
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   4. That which opposes; an obstacle; specifically, the
      aggregate of persons or things opposing; hence, in
      politics and parliamentary practice, the party opposed to
      the party in power.
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   5. (Astron.) The situation of a heavenly body with respect to
      another when in the part of the heavens directly opposite
      to it; especially, the position of a planet or satellite
      when its longitude differs from that of the sun 180[deg];
      -- signified by the symbol ?; as, ? [Jupiter] [Sun],
      opposition of Jupiter to the sun.
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   6. (Logic) The relation between two propositions when, having
      the same subject and predicate, they differ in quantity,
      or in quality, or in both; or between two propositions
      which have the same matter but a different form.
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