# inverse

### adjective

- (of a proportion) containing terms of which an increase in one results in a decrease in another. A term is said to be in inverse proportion to another term if it increases (or decreases) as the other decreases (or increases).
- of or relating to an inverse function.Compare direct(def 16).

### noun

### verb (used with object), in·versed, in·vers·ing.

## Origin of inverse

## Examples from the Web for inverse

### Contemporary Examples of inverse

Somehow, the brevity of the message creates an inverse potential for misunderstanding.

This is an inverse Pietà, and something of a sexual anarchist; she ardently refuses to be oriented in an orientation.

The meme is the inverse of Harvey Milk: you gotta take away all their hope.

D.C. Needs a Grassroots Fix That Will Come When Left and Right Find Common GroundLawrence Lessig

February 9, 2014

There is an inverse correlation at play: the nicer a man appears, the greater his cruelty behind closed doors.

Whatever the answer, the inverse desire for unlikable characters—truly despicable ones—is interesting.

### Historical Examples of inverse

The principle of the siphon recorder is exactly the inverse of the mirror galvanometer.

Heroes of the TelegraphJ. Munro

The inverse is also true, for good intentions often have evil results.

The Sexual QuestionAugust Forel

The meagreness or negativeness of their content has been in an inverse ratio to their power.

The RepublicPlato

His lickings are in inverse ratio to the size of the licked.

Follow My leaderTalbot Baines Reed

That is of course calculated under the law of the inverse square.

Time and TideRobert S. (Robert Stawell) Ball