con·​verse·​ly | \ kən-ˈvərs-lē , ˈkän-ˌvərs-\

Definition of conversely

: in a contrasting or opposite way used to introduce a statement that contrasts with a previous statement or presents a differing interpretation or possibility The jurors' decision not to ask to rehear the experts' testimony could be an indication that they accepted their opinions at face value or, conversely, that they were unimpressed.— Manuel Roig-FranziaIf this active gene is a mutation that would otherwise have been recessive, it can lead to disease. Conversely, if the silenced gene is harmful in some way, imprinting can be beneficial.— Michael Reilly

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again, contrarily, contrariwise

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First Known Use of conversely

circa 1730, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of conversely was circa 1730

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English Language Learners Definition of conversely

formal : in a way that is the opposite of something else

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