reversal

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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

Examples of reversal in a Sentence

  1. In a sudden reversal, the mayor has decided not to run for reelection.

  2. the reversal of a decision

  3. a surprising reversal in the value of the stock

  4. We had a role reversal. I became the leader and he became the follower.

  5. In a reversal of roles, he is now taking care of his mother.

  6. Reversal of the decision is unlikely.

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First Known Use of reversal

15th century


REVERSAL Defined for English Language Learners

reversal

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Definition of reversal for English Language Learners

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


REVERSAL Defined for Kids

reversal

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noun re·ver·sal \ ri-ˈvər-səl \

Definition of reversal for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

reversal

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noun re·ver·sal \ ri-ˈvər-səl \

medical Definition of reversal

:an act or the process of reversing

Law Dictionary

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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