[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. reversed coarctation,
  2. reversed peristalsis,
  3. reversed prausnitz-küstner reaction,
  4. reversely,
  5. reversi,
  6. reversible calcinosis,
  7. reversible reaction,
  8. reversing falls,
  9. reversing light,
  10. reversion

Origin of reversible

First recorded in 1640–50; reverse + -ible

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for reversibility


/ (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 Formsreversibility, nounreversibly, adverb

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Word Origin and History for reversibility



1640s, from reverse (v.) + -ible. As a noun, of garments, from 1863. Related: Reversable (1580s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper