vice versa


: with the order changed : with the relations reversed : conversely

Examples of vice versa in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My daughter is either with me on Christmas Eve and then goes to her dad’s on Christmas afternoon or vice versa, depending on the year. Lori Gottlieb, The Atlantic, 27 Nov. 2023 Here’s why polls can’t tell you if Biden beats Trump again in 2024 — or vice versa. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 17 Nov. 2023 Suddenly, a once lackluster ad could start delivering outstanding results or vice versa. Aleks Farseev, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Here is the integration of local traditions into the dominant faith (and vice versa); here is the economy of food and trinket sellers that inevitably flourish wherever pilgrims go; here are cherished rituals of various provenance; here are faith’s companions superstition and luck. Hanya Yanagihara, New York Times, 9 Nov. 2023 But how can Bayern help the Kansas City Chiefs grow in Germany, and vice versa how can the Chiefs help Bayern in America? Manuel Veth, Forbes, 12 Nov. 2023 The amino acids missing from beans are found in rice and vice versa. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Rd, Health, 9 Nov. 2023 For example, some services might require higher bandwidth, but not necessarily faster speeds, and vice versa, the company said. Isabelle Bousquette, WSJ, 3 Nov. 2023 There is, as there so often is in Sondheim, melancholy in the sparkle and vice versa — an undaunted desire to render an ugly world beautiful by making beautiful things. Sara Holdren, Vulture, 23 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History



First Known Use

1601, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vice versa was in 1601

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Cite this Entry

“Vice versa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition

vice versa

vi·​ce ver·​sa
: with the order turned around
exchange money for tokens, rather than vice versa

from Latin vice versa "with the order turned around," from vice "in place of, instead" and versa, form of versus "turned," from vertere "to turn" — related to converse, reverse, versatile

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