noun re·ver·sal \ri-ˈvər-səl\

: a change to an opposite state, condition, decision, etc.

Full Definition of REVERSAL

:  an act or the process of reversing
:  a conversion of a photographic positive into a negative or vice versa
:  a change (as of fortune) often for the worse

Examples of REVERSAL

  1. In a sudden reversal, the mayor has decided not to run for reelection.
  2. the reversal of a decision
  3. a surprising reversal in the value of the stock
  4. We had a role reversal. I became the leader and he became the follower.
  5. In a reversal of roles, he is now taking care of his mother.
  6. Reversal of the decision is unlikely.

First Known Use of REVERSAL

15th century

Rhymes with REVERSAL

REVERSAL Defined for Kids


noun re·ver·sal \ri-ˈvər-səl\

Definition of REVERSAL for Kids

:  a change to an opposite or former state, condition, view, or direction
Medical Dictionary


noun re·ver·sal \ri-ˈvər-səl\

Medical Definition of REVERSAL

:  an act or the process of reversing


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