[ ri-vur-suhl ]
See synonyms for reversal on
  1. an act or instance of reversing.

  2. the state of being reversed.

  1. an adverse change of fortune; reverse.

  2. Law. the setting aside of a decision of a lower court by a higher court.

Origin of reversal

First recorded in 1480–90; reverse + -al2

Other words from reversal

  • pre·re·ver·sal, noun

Words Nearby reversal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use reversal in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for reversal


/ (rɪˈvɜːsəl) /

  1. the act or an instance of reversing

  2. a change for the worse; reverse: a reversal of fortune

  1. the state of being reversed

  2. the annulment of a judicial decision, esp by an appeal court on grounds of error or irregularity

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