vice versa

vice ver·​sa | \ ˌvī-si-ˈvər-sə , ˈvīs-ˈvər- \

Definition of vice versa

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

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Keep your chair design similar and mix up the color and textures (or vice versa) and stick to switching up just the two end chairs. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Bobby Berk Wants You To Mix And Match Your Dining Room Chairs—Here’s How," 10 Jan. 2019 Keep rambunctious kids away from the pets (or vice versa). Robin Tribble, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make Sure Your Pets Have a Happy Holiday Too," 12 Nov. 2018 The Bachelor and The Bachelorette has a storied history of casting mostly early-20s women for their 30-something Bachelor, and vice versa. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "On The Bachelor, A Woman Over 27 Is Considered a 'Cougar'," 15 Jan. 2019 Republicans support the Democratic nominees with the understanding that the Democrats will support theirs, and vice versa. Anna North, Vox, "Conservative Sen. Mike Lee is holding up a Trump nominee for supporting LGBTQ rights," 18 Dec. 2018 The urbanists blame the NIMBYs for this debacle, and vice versa. Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, "Political trouble was ‘baked into the cake’ of Seattle’s sweeping upzoning plan," 5 Dec. 2018 Tumblr is flagging non-adult content as adult content, and vice versa. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Tumblr’s porn ban is going about as badly as expected," 5 Dec. 2018 Your Part If the grays are concentrated in a certain spot, concealing them can be as easy as changing your part from the middle to the side or vice versa. Sarah Ferguson, Marie Claire, "You've Spotted Your First Gray Hair: A Game Plan," 9 Nov. 2018 What kind of rights Britons living in the E.U. will retain once Brexit is in place, and vice versa. Amanda Erickson, Washington Post, "Meet Britain’s new ‘Brexit secretary,’ a man Theresa May once accused of fueling ‘gender warfare’," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of vice versa

1601, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of vice versa

used to say that the opposite of a statement is also true

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vice ver·​sa | \ ˌvī-si-ˈvər-sə , ˈvīs-ˈvər-\

Kids Definition of vice versa

: with the order turned around Go here to there, not vice versa.

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