Simple Definition of obverse
: something that is the opposite of something else
Full Definition of obverse
1 : the side of a coin or currency note bearing the chief device and lettering; broadly : a front or principal surface
2 : a counterpart having the opposite orientation or force <their rise was merely the obverse of the Empire's fall — A. J. Toynbee>; also : opposite 1 <joy and its obverse, sorrow>
3 : a proposition inferred immediately from another by denying the opposite of what the given proposition affirms <the obverse of “all A is B” is “no A is not B” >
Examples of obverse
joy and its obverse, sadness
We thought they would be pleased with our decision. We have learned, however, that the obverse is true.
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