Let A and B be monoidal categories and let R : A -> B be a lax monoidal functor. If R has a left adjoint L, it is well-known that the two adjoints induce functors (R) over bar = Alg(R) : Alg(A) -> Alg(B) and (L) under bar = Coalg(L) : Coalg(B) -> Coalg (A) respectively. The pair (L, R) is called liftable if the functor R has a left adjoint and if the functor (L) under bar has a right adjoint. A pleasing fact is that, when A, B and R are moreover braided, a liftable pair of functors as above gives rise to an adjunction at the level of bialgebras. In this note, sufficient conditions on the category A for (R) over bar to possess a left adjoint, are given. Natively these conditions involve the existence of suitable colimits that we interpret as objects which are simultaneously initial in four distinguished categories (among which the category of epiinduced objects), allowing for an explicit construction of (L) under bar, under the appropriate hypotheses. This is achieved by introducing a relative version of the notion of weakly coreflective subcategory, which turns out to be a useful tool to compare the initial objects in the involved categories. We apply our results to obtain an analogue of Sweedler's finite dual for the category of vector spaces graded by an abelian group G endowed with a bicharacter. When the bicharacter on G is skew-symmetric, a lifted adjunction as mentioned above is explicitly described, inducing an auto-adjunction on the category of bialgebras "colored" by G.
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