the converse

noun

formal
: something that is the opposite of something else
They need our help, but the converse is also true: we need their help as well.

Examples of the converse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Think of this as the converse principle: no representation without taxation. Seth G. Jones, Foreign Affairs, 3 Dec. 2012 That bending is called the converse piezoelectric effect. IEEE Spectrum, 11 Feb. 2024 Yet the prospect of merging our courses excited me for a kind of parochial reason, as well—the converse of the reason for my past queasiness. Bernard Avishai, The New Yorker, 2 Feb. 2024 So the converse of Fermat’s little theorem holds for 3 and 5. Quanta Magazine, 28 Nov. 2023 So the converse of Fermat’s little theorem is false. Quanta Magazine, 28 Nov. 2023 But the converse is also true: helping the environment once, in aggregate, has a big impact. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 23 Nov. 2023 But the converse of this love of family was a need to discover herself. Karan Mahajan, The New Yorker, 7 Aug. 2023 Cohan’s narrative suggests GE in its last two decades was the converse of what Mongon is striving for, suffering from a lack of clear operating goals and some very bad mistakes in capital allocation. Alan Murray, Fortune, 24 July 2023

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“The converse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20converse. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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