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inverse

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adjective in·verse \(ˌ)in-ˈvərs, ˈin-ˌvərs\

Definition of inverse

  1. 1 :  opposite in order, nature, or effect

  2. 2 :  being an inverse function <inverse sine>

Examples of inverse in a sentence

  1. Addition and subtraction are inverse operations.

Origin and Etymology of inverse

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


First Known Use: 15th century


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inverse

noun in·verse

Definition of inverse

  1. 1 :  something of a contrary nature or quality :  opposite, reverse

  2. 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

  3. 3a :  inverse function; also :  an operation (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

  1. the inverse of your argument

Circa 1681

First Known Use of inverse

circa 1681


INVERSE Defined for English Language Learners

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inverse

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adjective in·verse \(ˌ)in-ˈvərs, ˈin-ˌvərs\

Definition 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


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inverse

noun in·verse

Definition of inverse for English Language Learners

  • : something that is the opposite of something else


INVERSE Defined for Kids

inverse

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adjective in·verse \in-ˈvərs\

Definition of inverse for Students

  1. 1 :  opposite in order, nature, or effect <an inverse relationship>

  2. 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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