converse

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[adjective kuh n-vurs, kon-vurs; noun kon-vurs]
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noun
  1. something opposite or contrary.
  2. Logic.
    1. a proposition obtained from another proposition by conversion.
    2. the relation between two terms, one of which is related to the other in a given manner, as “younger than” to “older than.”
  3. a group of words correlative with a preceding group but having a significant pair of terms interchanged, as “hot in winter but cold in summer” and “cold in winter but hot in summer.”

Origin of converse

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1350–1400; Middle English convers (< Anglo-French) < Latin conversus past participle of convertere to turn around, equivalent to con- con- + vert- turn + -tus past participle suffix; see convert1
Related formscon·verse·ly [kuh n-vurs-lee, kon-vurs-] /kənˈvɜrs li, ˈkɒn vɜrs-/, adverb
Can be confusedconverse inverse obverse reverse
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Contemporary Examples of conversely

Historical Examples of conversely

  • Conversely, when the differential is higher or lower, the markets are out of line.

  • Yes, but do not persons often err about good and evil: many who are not good seem to be so, and conversely?

  • And, conversely, that which has less of truth will also have less of essence?

  • Nor are we right in supposing that the swiftest of them is the slowest, nor conversely, that the slowest is the quickest.

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    Plato

  • Or, to put it conversely, what slave of pleasure will not suffer degeneracy of soul and body?


British Dictionary definitions for conversely

conversely

adverb
  1. (sentence modifier) in a contrary or opposite way; on the other hand

converse

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verb (kənˈvɜːs) (intr often foll by with)
  1. to engage in conversation (with)
  2. to commune spiritually (with)
  3. obsolete
    1. to associate; consort
    2. to have sexual intercourse
noun (ˈkɒnvɜːs)
  1. conversation (often in the phrase hold converse with)
  2. obsolete
    1. fellowship or acquaintance
    2. sexual intercourse
Derived Formsconverser, noun

Word Origin for converse

C16: from Old French converser, from Latin conversārī to keep company with, from conversāre to turn constantly, from vertere to turn

converse

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adjective
  1. (prenominal) reversed; opposite; contrary
noun
  1. something that is opposite or contrary
  2. logic
    1. a categorical proposition obtained from another by the transposition of subject and predicate, as no bad man is bald from no bald man is bad
    2. a proposition so derived, possibly by weakening a universal proposition to the corresponding particular, as some socialists are rich from all rich men are socialists
  3. logic maths a relation that holds between two relata only when a given relation holds between them in reverse order: thus father of is the converse of son of

Word Origin for converse

C16: from Latin conversus turned around; see converse 1
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Word Origin and History for conversely

converse

v.

"to communicate (with)," 1590s; earlier "to move about, live, dwell" (mid-14c.), from Old French converser "to talk" (12c.), from Latin conversari (see conversation). Related: Conversed; conversing.

converse

adj.

"exact opposite," 1560s, from Latin conversus "turn around," past participle of convertere "to turn about" (see convert). Originally mathematical. The noun is attested from 1550s in mathematics. Related: Conversely.

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