con·​verse·​ly kən-ˈvərs-lē How to pronounce conversely (audio)
: 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-Franzia
If 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

Examples of conversely in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some longtime Bunker 15 collaborators received no warning and no punishment, while conversely at least one critic was completely deleted from the Rotten Tomatoes database, along with their entire catalog of reviews. Christopher Null, WIRED, 7 Feb. 2024 The bank conversely made a profit on its foreign-currency positions and gold holdings. Joshua Kirby, WSJ, 9 Jan. 2024 Psychologists often reward children by encouraging skills such as communication or language; conversely, harmful behaviors are discouraged. Nafeesah Allen, Parents, 8 Jan. 2024 That would mean that oceanic moons could exist everywhere—or, conversely, almost nowhere. WIRED, 24 Dec. 2023 Exotic data, conversely, embraces flexibility and creative interpretation, often seen as unorthodox by traditional data wonks. Sarah Davanzo, Rolling Stone, 12 Dec. 2023 That would mean that oceanic moons could exist everywhere — or, conversely, almost nowhere. Quanta Magazine, 2 Nov. 2023 The European model, conversely, suggests that the parent upper-air disturbance will remain weaker. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2023 Wolf vs Coyote Diet Whereas wolves are carnivorous apex predators that typically eat large prey and will occasionally eat small prey, coyotes, conversely, are both predators and scavengers that typically eat small prey and occasionally kill larger prey. Paul Richards, Field & Stream, 14 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1730, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of conversely was circa 1730

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“Conversely.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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