- opposite or contrary in direction, action, sequence, etc.; turned around.
- something opposite or contrary.
- a proposition obtained from another proposition by conversion.
- the relation between two terms, one of which is related to the other in a given manner, as “younger than” to “older than.”
- 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 converse2
Related Wordsopposite, about-face, again, contrary, reversed, backwards, contra, contrarily, contrariwise, conversely, inversely, oppositely, mutually, reciprocally, against, versus, either, preferentially
Examples from the Web for conversely
Conversely, she noted that some African Americans are hostile to Muslims who own liquor stores in their communities.Michael Brown, Gaza, and Muslim Americans
August 20, 2014
Conversely, the way we get the Donald Sterlings of tomorrow is by shutting up the Mark Cubans of today.Thank You, Mark Cuban, for Speaking Up
May 23, 2014
Conversely, Cersei never consents on the show, and cries and objects throughout the scene.The Abused Wives of Westeros: A Song of Feminism in ‘Game of Thrones’
April 30, 2014
Conversely, birth control prescriptions were 31 percent lower.AIDS Patients Flock to Obamacare
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Conversely, the Divergent film is self-consciously, proudly progressive.Sex Won’t Kill Young Adult Heroines: ‘Divergent’ and Rape Culture
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Conversely, when the differential is higher or lower, the markets are out of line.About sugar buying for Jobbers
B. W. Dyer
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.Laws
Or, to put it conversely, what slave of pleasure will not suffer degeneracy of soul and body?The Memorabilia
- (sentence modifier) in a contrary or opposite way; on the other hand
- to engage in conversation (with)
- to commune spiritually (with)
- to associate; consort
- to have sexual intercourse
- conversation (often in the phrase hold converse with)
- fellowship or acquaintance
- sexual intercourse
- (prenominal) reversed; opposite; contrary
- something that is opposite or contrary
- 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
- 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
- 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 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.
"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.