reversal

[ri-vur-suh l]

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.

Nearby words

  1. reverential,
  2. reverentially,
  3. reverently,
  4. reverie,
  5. revers,
  6. reversal film,
  7. reversal plate,
  8. reversal process,
  9. reverse,
  10. reverse angle shot

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

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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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