inverse

adjective
in·​verse | \ (ˌ)in-ˈvərs How to pronounce inverse (audio) , ˈin-ˌvərs\

Definition of inverse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : opposite in order, nature, or effect
2 : being an inverse function inverse sine

inverse

noun

Definition of inverse (Entry 2 of 2)

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 not-A then not-B" — compare contrapositive
3a : inverse function also : an operation (such as subtraction) that undoes the effect of another operation
b : 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

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Examples of inverse in a Sentence

Adjective

Addition and subtraction are inverse operations.

Noun

the inverse of your argument

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The conversation then opened to Rodriguez and Union, who echoed Pompeo’s words about the difficulty of speaking up about their own compensation—but to make inverse points. Vogue, "Here’s Why People Are Saying Ellen Pompeo Snapped (In the Best Way)," 20 Nov. 2018 Under a legal doctrine known as inverse condemnation, California utilities can be held liable for financial losses from fires caused by their equipment, even if the companies followed all the state’s safety regulations. David R. Baker, SFChronicle.com, "PG&E to pay $2.5 billion for Wine Country fires, warns it could get worse," 21 June 2018 In February, when there was a sudden surge of market volatility, there were those inverse volatility products that were essentially wiped out in a matter of hours. Emily Stewart, Vox, "The first woman president of the NYSE would really rather not talk about her gender," 14 June 2018 But Huffman encoding doesn't do as good a job when symbol probabilities are not inverse powers of two. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Inventor says Google is patenting work he put in the public domain," 10 June 2018 The top three picks in the draft will be decided by choosing pingpong balls, and picks 4 through 14 will be fall into inverse order of each team's 2017-18 regular-season records. William Guillory, NOLA.com, "NBA Draft Lottery 2018: How to watch, TV, streaming info, odds," 15 May 2018 In two lawsuits over past California fires, PG&E and Southern California Edison have argued that inverse condemnation should be abandoned. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "Big utilities are desperately trying to stick customers for the bills from California wildfires," 4 May 2018 Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, née Godwin, is underrated in inverse proportion. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Poor Mary Shelley!," 23 May 2018 This is done for the first three picks, and picks 4-14 are determined by inverse order of regular season record. Dakota Crawford, Indianapolis Star, "The NBA Draft Lottery show took forever and everyone is angry," 15 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The snag is that shares in this inverse ETF have dropped over the same period, by more than 10%. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Shorting China: Heads You Lose, Tails You Lose," 14 Feb. 2019 In fact, her new collection of dresses is the complete inverse. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Michelle Duncan Is Balancing Her Day Job at Estée Lauder With a New Project: Her Own Line of Dresses," 14 Feb. 2019 Where Spring was a magpie mash-up of sparkly jacquard blazers, flared trousers, jeweled brooches, and ruffled button-downs, Fall was the inverse: sleek, simple, gently oversize suits in two colors, black and camel. Emily Farra, Vogue, "David Hart Is Taking His Formerly Maximalist Menswear Label in a Sleek New Direction," 5 Feb. 2019 But conditions today are almost the complete inverse of conditions in 2008. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Housing market signaled potential future downturn in 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 Much of Kondo’s cleverness, therefore, is homing in on the inverse relationship between bounty and gratitude. Lonnie Firestone, Glamour, "It Took a Fire in My Building to Understand Marie Kondo's Method," 15 Jan. 2019 Before the 1970s, economists posited a simple inverse connection between the two: Growth reduces unemployment, allowing workers to push harder for pay increases, and companies offset it by raising prices. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "Why Central Bankers Are Moving Beyond Inflation Targets," 21 Dec. 2018 The DeVry acquisition is the inverse of how Washington typically works. Collin Binkley, The Seattle Times, "Little scrutiny in DeVry sale, as DeVos targets protections," 1 Oct. 2018 An inverse correlation developed: As the rehab became more polished, my own home deteriorated. Beth Franken, chicagotribune.com, "So you want to flip a house? One woman shares advice.," 31 May 2017

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First Known Use of inverse

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

circa 1681, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for inverse

Adjective

Middle English, turned upside down, from Latin inversus, from past participle of invertere

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inverse

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of inverse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

used to describe two things that are related in such a way that as one becomes larger the other becomes smaller
technical : opposite in nature or effect

inverse

noun

English Language Learners Definition of inverse (Entry 2 of 2)

formal + technical : something that is the opposite of something else

inverse

adjective
in·​verse | \ in-ˈvərs How to pronounce inverse (audio) \

Kids Definition of inverse

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.

Other Words from inverse

inversely adverb

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