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 Justice Clarence Thomas also seemed inclined to affirm the trial court judge, but grappled repeatedly with how to justify a reversal of the appeals court panel. Devin Dwyer, ABC News, 13 Oct. 2021 But according to a recent Bloomberg report Russia may unveil a plan for reaching carbon neutrality by 2060 at the Glasgow conference, which would mark a reversal in Putin’s stance on climate change. Téa Kvetenadze, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 This marks a significant policy reversal for the U.S., which has extended the land border closure on a month-by-month basis since March 2020. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 13 Oct. 2021 The Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals in California will not require proof of Covid vaccination but will accept a negative Covid test, a reversal of an earlier policy that mandated attendees and staff be vaccinated. NBC News, 13 Oct. 2021 The Sox’ offensive explosion added to a reversal of the Game 1 script. BostonGlobe.com, 12 Oct. 2021 The decision marks a reversal of Trump administration policy that shrank the Bears Ears monument, which Obama established, by 85%, and the Grand Staircase-Escalante monument, which then-President Bill Clinton designated, by roughly 45%. CNN, 8 Oct. 2021 Putin said Moscow was ready to work on stabilizing the energy market, causing a sudden reversal in natural-gas prices, which had earlier soared to record levels. WSJ, 7 Oct. 2021 But their defense staged a similar reversal, abruptly plunging from dominant to vulnerable. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 Oct. 2021

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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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16 Oct 2021

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“Reversal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reversal. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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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

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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