in·​verse·​ly | \ ˈin-ˌvərs-lē How to pronounce inversely (audio) , (ˌ)in-ˈvərs-\

Definition of inversely

1 : in an inverse order or manner
2 : in the manner of inverse variation varies inversely

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Bond prices move inversely to their yields, so when a bond’s price goes up, its yield falls. James F. Peltz, Los Angeles Times, "Negative interest rates are real, but don’t expect to get paid to borrow money," 13 Sep. 2019 Sudden atmospherically driven changes in water relations in adjacent kauri trees were very rapidly and inversely mirrored in the living stump's water status. Fox News, "Strange 'superorganism' is keeping this 'vampire' tree alive," 26 July 2019 Sensors fitted to the two intact trees and the stump showed that the stump’s flow of sap and water ran inversely to that of the trees. The Economist, "Tree stumps can live on indefinitely...," 25 July 2019 The intensity of belief on the right has begun to vary inversely with plausibility. David Roberts, Vox, "The caravan “invasion” and America’s epistemic crisis," 2 Nov. 2018 Bond yields move inversely to prices, so if the price of a bond goes up, the yield goes down. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "Treasury bond yields are at the lowest level since 2016. Here's what that means," 20 June 2019 Elekes showed that the number of distinct sums or products in a grid is inversely related to the number of intersections yielded by the point-line procedure. Quanta Magazine, "How a Strange Grid Reveals Hidden Connections Between Simple Numbers," 6 Feb. 2019 Treasury yields, which move inversely to bond prices, tend to increase when investors are confident about the economy, spurring them to rotate out of government securities and buy riskier assets instead. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Treasury yields are plunging, a sign investors are worried," 8 June 2019 The idea that a country’s religiosity and its GDP inversely correlate is not a new one. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Study: most wealthy countries aren’t religious. Then there’s the US.," 1 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of inversely

circa 1628, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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