inverse

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adjective

in·​verse (ˌ)in-ˈvərs How to pronounce inverse (audio)
ˈin-ˌvərs
1
: opposite in order, nature, or effect
2
: being an inverse function
inverse sine

inverse

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noun

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
3
a
: 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

Examples of inverse in a Sentence

Adjective Addition and subtraction are inverse operations. Noun the inverse of your argument
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Adjective
The rest of the lottery teams in slots 5-14 will make their picks in inverse order of their records from the 2023-24 campaign. Roderick Boone, Charlotte Observer, 22 Apr. 2024 This type of imaging inverse problem is known as ghost imaging or single-pixel imaging, which was considered to be a quantum effect, was independently explored as dual photography, and can be accelerated by compressive sensing. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 23 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for inverse 

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

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

First Known Use

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1658, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of inverse was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Inverse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inverse. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

inverse

1 of 2 adjective
in·​verse (ˈ)in-ˈvərs How to pronounce inverse (audio)
ˈin-vərs
1
: opposite in order, nature, or effect
an inverse relationship between interest rates and houses sold
2
: being a mathematical operation opposite in effect to another
addition and subtraction are inverse operations

inverse

2 of 2 noun
in·​verse
ˈin-ˌvərs,
(ˈ)in-ˈvərs
: something inverse or resulting in or from inversion
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