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Definition of inverse
1 : opposite in order, nature, or effect
2 : being an inverse function inverse sine
Examples of inverse in a Sentence
Addition and subtraction are inverse operations.
Recent Examples of inverse from the Web

For Joan, the main obstacle is a 4yearold who cannot always remember to use his inside voice and whose stability is in inverse proportion to his blood sugar.

This is particularly noteworthy because her husband’s popularity has been heading in the inverse direction.

In October of last year, Bloomberg News reported that the campaign’s digital arm, run by Brad Parscale, would target possible Hillary Clinton voters for an inverse pitch.

Since the Brexit vote, the FTSE 100 Index’s fortunes have waxed and waned in inverse relation to the pound.

The lottery determined only the first three selections, with teams then slotted according to inverse order of final 201617 records.

The remaining firstround draft positions will be determined by inverse order of final 201617 regularseason wonloss record, with the Heat the lone team at the lottery without a losing 201617 record.

In fact, the quality of the speech is often in inverse proportion to the celebrity of the speaker.

Another is that much of the community college population is older, and rusty at factoring quadratics and finding inverse functions.
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Origin and Etymology of inverse
Middle English, turned upside down, from Latin inversus, from past participle of invertere
inverse
Definition of inverse
1 : something of a contrary nature or quality : opposite, reverse
2 : a proposition or theorem formed by contradicting both the subject and predicate or both the hypothesis and conclusion of a given proposition or theorem the inverse of “if A then B” is “if notA then notB” — compare contrapositive
3a : inverse function; also : an operation (such as subtraction) that undoes the effect of another operationb : a set element that is related to another element in such a way that the result of applying a given binary operation to them is an identity element of the set
Examples of inverse in a Sentence
the inverse of your argument
Recent Examples of inverse from the Web

That sentiment had an inverse correlation with education level.

Artists are ranked based on an inverse point system, with a song's weeks at No. 1 on the weekly Hot 100 chart earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least.

Yet the phenomenon of the majority asking for their own inverse celebration is frustratingly not new.

That’s the inverse of what proponents suggest with their assertions that autonomous cars that don’t crash will result in lower insurance costs.

Roy has imagined an inverse of the Garden of Eden—a paradise whose defining feature, rather than innocence, is experience and endurance.

The inverse of Goddard, Bizzard was just as convincing.

Don’t take this the wrong way, but there tends to be an inverse relationship between how hot a woman is and how good a writer.

This trick worked because both light and gravity follow the same inversesquare relationship: If the distance from a source doubles, both the strength of gravity and the intensity of light drop to a quarter of the original.
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First Known Use of inverse
circa 1681
Other Logic Terms
INVERSE Defined for English Language Learners
inverse
playDefinition of inverse for English Language Learners

—used to describe two things that are related in such a way that as one becomes larger the other becomes smaller

: opposite in nature or effect
inverse
Definition of inverse for English Language Learners

: something that is the opposite of something else
INVERSE Defined for Kids
inverse
playDefinition of inverse for Students
1 : opposite in order, nature, or effect an inverse relationship
2 : being a mathematical operation that is opposite in effect to another operation Multiplication is the inverse operation of division.
inversely
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