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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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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Some of the court’s reversals are more momentous than others, of course. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "How the Supreme Court Kills Roe v. Wade," 11 July 2018 The reversal for that involves surgery and definitely less pleasant than with HA fillers. Lisa Desantis, Health.com, "Kylie Jenner Looks Totally Different After Having Her Lip Filler Removed," 9 July 2018 There was no immediate comment from Washington but if true the decision would be a major reversal from earlier pronouncements. Bassem Mroue, Fox News, "Syrian troops advance in their offensive in country's south," 24 June 2018 And the bill does not include a requirement that the overdose-reversal drug naloxone be co-prescribed with opioids, an increasingly popular concept for pain patients viewed as at high overdose risk. 2. Lev Facher, STAT, "What’s in the House’s bills to address the opioid crisis — and what’s not," 21 June 2018 Participants will learn about the life saving drug opioid reversal drug, Naloxone, and how to administer to victim in the event of an drug overdose. Quoron Walker, Courant Community, "Save A Life: NARCAN Training Set For March 27," 20 Mar. 2018 That marks a reversal from Osili's decision to stay out of the race in January when Clay defeated longtime president Maggie Lewis. James Briggs, Indianapolis Star, "As Stephen Clay loses support, a new frontrunner for City-County Council president emerges," 2 Feb. 2018 Trump's policy reversal, in the form of an executive order mandating that families not be separated, has raised new questions over how long the administration will detain families and in what conditions. David Nakamura, chicagotribune.com, "Trump praises ICE as criticism of immigration agency intensifies," 30 June 2018 And while this will undoubtedly lead to a chipping away, if not complete reversal, of Roe v. Wade, our rights are already under siege thanks to state legislatures. refinery29.com, "How You Can Help Keep Abortion Safe & Legal In Light Of Justice Kennedy Retiring," 28 June 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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