vice versa

[ vahy-suh vur-suh, vahys, vahy-see ]
/ ˈvaɪ sə ˈvɜr sə, ˈvaɪs, ˈvaɪ si /

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adverb

in reverse order from the way something has been stated; the other way around: She dislikes me, and vice versa. Copernicus was the first to suggest that the earth revolves around the sun, and not vice versa.

Origin of vice versa

1595–1605; < Latin, equivalent to vice vice3 + versā, ablative singular feminine of versus, past participle of vertere to turn
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vice versa

/ (ˈvaɪsɪ ˈvɜːsə) /

adverb

with the order reversed; the other way around

Word Origin for vice versa

C17: from Latin: relations being reversed, from vicis change + vertere to turn
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Word Origin and History for vice versa

vice versa


c.1600, Latin, from vice, ablative of vicis "a turn, change" (see vicarious) + versa, feminine ablative singular of versus, past participle of vertere "to turn, turn about" (see versus).

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