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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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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Those arguments are still playing out in lower courts, which could ultimately end in the policy's reversal. Julia Ainsley, NBC News, "Children not exempt from Trump's toughest asylum policy, officials say," 13 Sep. 2019 Some researchers are even identifying the genetic contributions modern humans might have made to those other lineages, in a complete reversal of the usual scientific focus. Wired, "Humans and Neanderthals Kept Breeding—and Breeding—for Ages," 1 Sep. 2019 Some researchers are even identifying the genetic contributions modern humans might have made to those other lineages, in a complete reversal of the usual scientific focus. Quanta Magazine, "Fossil DNA Reveals New Twists in Modern Human Origins," 29 Aug. 2019 In a complete reversal of normal galaxy structure, the center is younger than its outer spiral disk. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Hubble spies a spiral galaxy blooming like roses 70 million light-years away," 8 July 2019 Members of Orlando Police Department’s SWAT team are now required to wear body cameras, in a reversal for the agency that had earlier argued recording the specialized group would risk exposing its tactics. Tess Sheets, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando police SWAT members are now wearing body cameras, after policy reversal," 11 June 2019 So the molecules in the left compartment get hotter and hotter, while the ones in the right get colder and colder, in an apparent reversal of entropy. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Penn State scientists build quantum version of Maxwell’s demon," 12 Sep. 2018 In a major reversal, Trump instructed his administration last week to come up with a penalty against Chinese telecom-equipment maker ZTE Corp. that allows the company to stay in business. Bloomberg.com, "U.S. Puts Tariffs Against China ‘On Hold,’ Mnuchin Says," 20 May 2018 Although the Federal Reserve has all but committed to cutting interest rates at its meeting this week, expectations for more accommodative monetary policy have undergone a sharp reversal over the past month. NBC News, "New math: Federal Reserve will lower rates this week, but future cuts are no sure thing," 17 Sep. 2019

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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 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

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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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