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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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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The court has been down this road before, and shielding the president from subpoenas would count as a major reversal of precedent. Matt Viser, BostonGlobe.com, "For questions of presidential power, Brett Kavanaugh has several answers," 14 July 2018 After Roe has been duly chipped away at, an outright reversal would look more plausible. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "America under Brett Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 The move followed the president’s reversal of a policy that created an uproar when children were taken from their parents in emotional scenes caught on camera. Brian Melley, The Seattle Times, "Judge puts blame on Trump, Congress for immigration crisis," 10 July 2018 The restrictions represented a sharp reversal by leaders of the Israeli military, in particular Lt. New York Times, "Unable to Stop Flaming Kites, Israel Moves to Choke Off Gaza Commerce," 9 July 2018 The company is even on the hunt for international gas deals that could bring fuel back to Saudi Arabia, a role reversal for one of the world’s most dominant exporters. Stanley Reed, New York Times, "An Oil Giant Is Taking Big Steps. Saudi Arabia Can’t Afford for It to Slip.," 16 June 2018 The result is a strange reversal of the show’s previous iteration. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "Stephen A. Smith Won’t Stop Talking," 16 June 2018 The challengers' goal is reversal of a 1978 Supreme Court landmark decision that first allowed racial affirmative action. Joan Biskupic, CNN, "Lawsuit: Harvard ranks Asian-Americans lower on personality traits," 15 June 2018 The decision 75 years ago today was a reversal of a Supreme Court ruling in a similar case from just three years earlier. Erik Brady, USA TODAY, "Trump is flat wrong about our flag, unflappable in its expansive freedom," 14 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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