conversely

adverb con·verse·ly \ kən-ˈvərs-lē , ˈkän-ˌvərs- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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-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

First Known Use of conversely

circa 1730



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