in·​ver·​sive in-ˈvər-siv How to pronounce inversive (audio)
: marked by inversion

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The creepy roguelike shooter received raves for its inversive narrative techniques and atmospheric gameplay—gameplay that tapped into the PS5’s 3D audio and haptics like nothing before it. Peter Rubin, Wired, 12 May 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'inversive.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1765, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of inversive was circa 1765

Dictionary Entries Near inversive

Cite this Entry

“Inversive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

A Good Old-Fashioned Quiz

Name That Thing

You know what it looks like… but what is it called?

Solve today's spelling word game by finding as many words as you can with using just 7 letters. Longer words score more points.

Can you make 12 words with 7 letters?