[ ri-vur-suh-buh l ]
/ rɪˈvɜr sə bəl /


capable of reversing or of being reversed.
capable of reestablishing the original condition after a change by the reverse of the change.
(of a fabric) woven or printed so that either side may be exposed.
that can be worn with either side out: a reversible jacket.


a garment, especially a coat, that can be worn with either side exposed.


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Origin of reversible

First recorded in 1640–50; reverse + -ible

OTHER WORDS FROM reversible Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for nonreversible

/ (rɪˈvɜːsəbəl) /


capable of being reverseda reversible decision
capable of returning to an original condition
chem physics capable of assuming or producing either of two possible states and changing from one to the othera reversible reaction
thermodynamics (of a change, process, etc) occurring through a number of intermediate states that are all in thermodynamic equilibrium
(of a fabric or garment) woven, printed, or finished so that either side may be used as the outer side


a reversible garment, esp a coat

Derived forms of reversible

reversibility, nounreversibly, adverb
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