reversal

[ ri-vur-suh l ]
/ rɪˈvɜr səl /

noun

an act or instance of reversing.
the state of being reversed.
an adverse change of fortune; reverse.
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
Related formspre·re·ver·sal, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for reversal

reversal

/ (rɪˈvɜːsəl) /

noun

the act or an instance of reversing
a change for the worse; reversea reversal of fortune
the state of being reversed
the annulment of a judicial decision, esp by an appeal court on grounds of error or irregularity
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Word Origin and History for reversal

reversal


n.

late 15c., from reverse (v.) + -al (2).

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Medicine definitions for reversal

reversal

[ rĭ-vûrsəl ]

n.

A change to an opposite condition, direction, or position.
A condition in which an individual has difficulty distinguishing the lowercase printed or written characters of particular letters: p from q; g or b from d; or s from z.
The change of an emotion into its opposite, as from love into hate.
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