Can we use the word "adverse" in predicative?

The conditions on the moon are adverse for people to live

In the sentence, is the use of "adverse" correct?


I searched in the COCA corpus and found 23 results for are adverse. Only some of these are examples of predicative use, but they do exist:

Hydrological mechanisms that lead to lower pore-water pressures in the soil are beneficial, whereas those that increase pore pressure are adverse. Of the mechanical mechanisms, those that increase shear resistance in the slope are beneficial, whereas those that increase shear stress are adverse (Greenway 1987).

As for the "for-complement", I found no examples for "are adverse for" and only one for "is adverse for":

"Most CEOs are honest and hardworking. Creating the idea that all CEOs are bad is adverse for society, " says Crandall, who, while widely respected, was not universally loved by his troops.

However, there are 19 examples for "is adverse to" and 10 examples for "are adverse to".

In the British National Corpus, I found the following:

But Texas hospitality does not perish even when conditions are adverse.

When polls are adverse there's a tendency to say there's something wrong at the top.

No examples for "adverse for" and "are adverse to", but 10 examples for "is adverse to":

Where the decision is adverse to the claimant, information about the right of appeal to the Commissioners must be given.

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