reversal

noun

re·​ver·​sal ri-ˈvər-səl How to pronounce reversal (audio)
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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Tractor Supply’s reversal could hurt it with these customers, who could be crucial as the company’s historic base ages out of the market. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 11 July 2024 The project advocates for the reversal of federal protections for reproductive rights and includes measures to restrict LGBTQ+ rights nationally. David Faris, Newsweek, 10 July 2024 In a reversal of course, however, owner Monica Plazola announced July 8 that the pub was safe for now, following a new deal to rent the kitchen to Willie’s Kitchen, and a new venture into mobile bartending. Kate Bradshaw, The Mercury News, 8 July 2024 Cons The stomach is not simply bypassed in this surgery, part of it is actually removed, so reversal is not possible. Amber J. Tresca, Verywell Health, 5 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for reversal 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of reversal was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Reversal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reversal. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

reversal

noun
re·​ver·​sal ri-ˈvər-səl How to pronounce reversal (audio)
: an act or the process of reversing

Medical Definition

reversal

noun
re·​ver·​sal ri-ˈvər-səl How to pronounce reversal (audio)
: an act or the process of reversing

Legal Definition

reversal

noun
re·​ver·​sal
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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