reversal

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

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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Recent Examples on the Web The risk for Trump is that his sudden reversal could backfire by derailing the fragile recovery. Matt Egan, CNN, "It's an insane time for Trump to reject a stimulus package," 7 Oct. 2020 This was a role reversal, given how many times servers have asked me the same question. Pete Wells, New York Times, "It’s Time for Diners to Ask the Servers: How Are You Doing?," 2 Oct. 2020 Trump’s position wasn’t significant in their reversal. Politifact Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Fact-checking the first 2020 presidential debate: Donald Trump vs. Joe Biden," 30 Sep. 2020 Las Vegas and its first home opponent have undergone a role reversal in recent years. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "For the Raiders, it’s ‘Viva Josh Jacobs’," 21 Sep. 2020 If the Pac-12 realizes its own reversal and sets a fall schedule, its eligibility will also be revisited. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Why Ohio State football is not on Nathan Baird’s Associated Press Top 25 ballot: College rankings," 20 Sep. 2020 Not only are these efforts generally ineffective, but the kid is also forced into the position of what’s known as a parentified child— a role reversal in which the child takes on responsibilities that belong to the adults. Lori Gottlieb, The Atlantic, "Dear Therapist: Should My Parents Get Divorced?," 31 Aug. 2020 Overnight's reversal left the S&P 500 with a 0.8% loss, at 3,333.69. Elaine Kurtenbach, Star Tribune, "Shares mostly lower in Asia after retreat on Wall Street," 11 Aug. 2020 In a role reversal from their eight years together in the White House, Barack Obama has become Joe Biden’s wingman and, in his understated way, his hatchet man. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Obama emerges as Biden’s hatchet man," 1 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of reversal

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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15 Oct 2020

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“Reversal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reversal. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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reversal

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How to pronounce reversal (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of reversal

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

reversal

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

Kids Definition of reversal

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

reversal

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

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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