[ an-tee-si-me-trik, an-tahy- ]

  1. noting a relation in which one element's dependence on a second implies that the second element is not dependent on the first, as the relation “greater than.”

Origin of antisymmetric

First recorded in 1920–25; anti- + symmetric
  • Also an·ti·sym·met·ri·cal [an-tee-si-me-tri-kuhl, an-tahy-] /ˌæn ti sɪˈmɛ trɪ kəl, ˌæn taɪ-/ .

Words Nearby antisymmetric Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for antisymmetric


/ (ˌæntɪsɪˈmɛtrɪk) /

  1. logic (of a relation) never holding between a pair of arguments x and y when it holds between y and x except when x = y, as "…is no younger than…": See nonsymmetric

  2. maths symmetric except for a change of sign: Compare asymmetric, symmetric (def. 1)

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