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[adj. kuh n-vurs, kon-vurs; n. kon-vurs] /adj. kənˈvɜrs, ˈkɒn vɜrs; n. ˈkɒn vɜrs/
opposite or contrary in direction, action, sequence, etc.; turned around.
something opposite or contrary.
  1. a proposition obtained from another proposition by conversion.
  2. the relation between two terms, one of which is related to the other in a given manner, as “younger than” to “older than.”.
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.”.
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
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[kuh n-vurs-lee, kon-vurs-] /kənˈvɜrs li, ˈkɒn vɜrs-/ (Show IPA),
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  • conversely, at depths where little sunlight penetrates, the algae nestle right inside the coral's pigment bundles.
  • conversely, common lore is that when the body gets chilled, it is more vulnerable to illness.
  • conversely, some memories have high retrieval strength but low storage strength.
  • And, conversely, the perception of rhythm in things external to oneself is both easy and pleasurable.
  • conversely, many brands have become strong enough to outlive the loss of their marquee talents.
  • conversely, this is something of a down month in my foraging year.
  • conversely, we're risk-averse when alone for reasons of survival as well.
  • conversely auditors and accountants are considered mind-numbing jobs, but they're paid nicely.
  • conversely, economies of scale also allow makers of high-end products to reduce prices without skimping on quality.
  • conversely, the lower nighttime temperatures with a high humidity can actually make it feel cooler.
British Dictionary definitions for conversely


(sentence modifier) in a contrary or opposite way; on the other hand


verb (kənˈvɜːs) (intransitive) often foll by with
to engage in conversation (with)
to commune spiritually (with)
  1. to associate; consort
  2. to have sexual intercourse
noun (ˈkɒnvɜːs)
conversation (often in the phrase hold converse with)
  1. fellowship or acquaintance
  2. sexual intercourse
Derived Forms
converser, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French converser, from Latin conversārī to keep company with, from conversāre to turn constantly, from vertere to turn


(prenominal) reversed; opposite; contrary
something that is opposite or contrary
  1. 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
  2. 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
(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
Word Origin
C16: from Latin conversus turned around; see converse1
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Word Origin and History for conversely



"to communicate (with)," 1590s; earlier "to move about, live, dwell" (mid-14c.), from Old French converser "to talk" (12c.), from Latin conversari (see conversation). Related: Conversed; conversing.


"exact opposite," 1560s, from Latin conversus "turn around," past participle of convertere "to turn about" (see convert). Originally mathematical. The noun is attested from 1550s in mathematics. Related: Conversely.

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Encyclopedia Article for conversely


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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