converse

1 [v. kuhn-vurs; n. kon-vurs]
verb (used without object), conversed, conversing.
1.
to talk informally with another or others; exchange views, opinions, etc., by talking.
2.
Archaic. to maintain a familiar association (usually followed by with ).
3.
Obsolete. to have sexual intercourse (usually followed by with ).
noun
4.
familiar discourse or talk; conversation.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English conversen < Middle French converser < Latin conversārī to associate with. See con-, verse

converser, noun


1. chat, discuss. See speak.
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converse

2 [adj. kuhn-vurs, kon-vurs; n. kon-vurs]
adjective
1.
opposite or contrary in direction, action, sequence, etc.; turned around.
noun
2.
something opposite or contrary.
3.
Logic.
a.
a proposition obtained from another proposition by conversion.
b.
the relation between two terms, one of which is related to the other in a given manner, as “younger than” to “older than.”
4.
a group of words correlative with a preceding group but having a significant pair of terms interchanged, as “hot in winter but cold in summer” and “cold in winter but hot in summer.”

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English convers (< Anglo-French) < Latin conversus past participle of convertere to turn around, equivalent to con- con- + vert- turn + -tus past participle suffix; see convert

conversely [kuhn-vurs-lee, kon-vurs-] , adverb

Converse

[kon-vurs] ,
noun
Frederick Shepherd [shep-erd] , 1871–1940, U.S. composer.
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converse1
 
vb (often foll by with)
1.  to engage in conversation (with)
2.  to commune spiritually (with)
3.  obsolete
 a.  to associate; consort
 b.  to have sexual intercourse
 
n
4.  conversation (often in the phrase hold converse with)
5.  obsolete
 a.  fellowship or acquaintance
 b.  sexual intercourse
 
[C16: from Old French converser, from Latin conversārī to keep company with, from conversāre to turn constantly, from vertere to turn]
 
con'verser1
 
n

converse2 (ˈkɒnvɜːs)
 
adj
1.  (prenominal) reversed; opposite; contrary
 
n
2.  something that is opposite or contrary
3.  logic
 a.  a categorical proposition obtained from another by the transposition of subject and predicate, as no bad man is bald from no bald man is bad
 b.  a proposition so derived, possibly by weakening a universal proposition to the corresponding particular, as some socialists are rich from all rich men are socialists
4.  logic, maths a relation that holds between two relata only when a given relation holds between them in reverse order: thus father of is the converse of son of
 
[C16: from Latin conversus turned around; see converse1]

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Word Origin & History

converse
"to communicate (with)," 1590s; earlier "to move about" (mid-14c.), from O.Fr. converser (12c.), from L. conversari (see conversation). Related: Conversing.

converse
"exact opposite," 1570, from L. conversus "turn around," pp. of convertere "to turn about" (see convert). Originally mathematical. Related: Conversely (1806).
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converse definition

logic
The truth of a proposition of the form A => B and its converse B => A are shown in the following truth table:
A B | A => B B => A ------+---------------- f f | t t f t | t f t f | f t t t | t t
(2002-07-12)

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converse

in logic, the proposition resulting from an interchange of subject and predicate with each other. Thus, the converse of "No man is a pencil" is "No pencil is a man." In traditional syllogistics, generally only E (universal negative) and I (particular affirmative) propositions yield a valid converse. The converse of a relation R is the relation S such that xSy (y has the relation S to x) if, and only if, yRx (x has the relation R to y). If a relation is identical to its converse, it is symmetric

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The converse is also true players who are ahead should play more defensively.
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