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[adjective kuh n-vurs, kon-vurs; noun kon-vurs]
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  1. opposite or contrary in direction, action, sequence, etc.; turned around.
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  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.”
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Origin of converse2

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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  • 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.



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

British Dictionary definitions for conversely


  1. (sentence modifier) in a contrary or opposite way; on the other hand
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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
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noun (ˈkɒnvɜːs)
  1. conversation (often in the phrase hold converse with)
  2. obsolete
    1. fellowship or acquaintance
    2. sexual intercourse
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Derived Formsconverser, noun

Word Origin

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


  1. (prenominal) reversed; opposite; contrary
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  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
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Word Origin

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



"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.

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"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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