reversal

noun
re·​ver·​sal | \ ri-ˈvər-səl \

Definition of reversal

1 : an act or the process of reversing
2 : a conversion of a photographic positive into a negative or vice versa
3 : a change (as of fortune) often for the worse

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Synonyms for reversal

Synonyms

knock, lapse, reverse, setback

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Examples of reversal in a Sentence

In a sudden reversal, the mayor has decided not to run for reelection. the reversal of a decision a surprising reversal in the value of the stock We had a role reversal. I became the leader and he became the follower. In a reversal of roles, he is now taking care of his mother. Reversal of the decision is unlikely.
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In fact, when viewed in historical terms, the Russia-China dynamic represents one of the world’s most dramatic reversals in the balance of power. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, "The New Beijing-Moscow Axis," 1 Feb. 2019 Earlier this year, McLay was in the running to become Seattle’s next police chief until a dramatic last-minute reversal. Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "Former Pittsburgh police chief, once a finalist for Seattle job, has been hired by the city as an adviser," 19 Oct. 2018 Bush’s departure, just hours before the company’s annual shareholder meeting at the athenahealth headquarters, caps a dramatic reversal of fortune for a charismatic leader long seen as a visionary in the field. Andy Rosen, BostonGlobe.com, "Jonathan Bush steps down from athenahealth," 6 June 2018 The flip in the Kansas City suburbs is a dramatic reversal and a first big test of party strength less than a week after Republican Gov. Eric Greitens’ resignation. Carrie Dann, NBC News, "An election result you may have missed: Dems celebrate another state legislative flip," 6 June 2018 That is a dramatic reversal of the situation when the Second Fleet was disbanded. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "The U.S. Navy Just Revived Its Cold War-Era Atlantic Fleet to Counter Russian Aggression," 5 May 2018 That would be, to say the least, a dramatic reversal of recent trends in the field. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Coming Attractions: The Rise of VR Porn," 17 Apr. 2018 The new testing requirements, approved unanimously by Oregon's Early Learning Council, mark a dramatic reversal in state policy. Brad Schmidt, OregonLive.com, "Oregon day cares must test water for lead by September," 22 Feb. 2018 The cleverest of players will leverage this strategy to produce dramatic reversals in pivotal confrontations. Charlie Theel, Ars Technica, "Rising Sun—A cerebral board game of conquest, diplomacy, and betrayal," 10 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of reversal

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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reversal

noun

English Language Learners Definition of reversal

: a change to an opposite state, condition, decision, etc.

reversal

noun
re·​ver·​sal | \ ri-ˈvər-səl \

Kids Definition of reversal

: a change to an opposite or former state, condition, view, or direction

reversal

noun
re·​ver·​sal | \ ri-ˈvər-səl \

Medical Definition of reversal

: an act or the process of reversing

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reversal

noun
re·​ver·​sal

Legal Definition of reversal

1 : an act or the process of reversing
2 : an instance of reversing the reversal of the lower court's decision

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