They are the inverse of the boy who cried wolf, and no one now believes that the wolf is not at the door.
“The chances of having a grandchild stand in inverse proportion to how much you talk about it,” Bill Clinton says.
The more power the chamber has, the more it seems to have an inverse effect on the level of debate.
Relating to a mathematical operation whose nature or effect is the opposite of another operation. For example, addition and subtraction are inverse operations, as are multiplication and division.
Given a function, f : D -> C, a function g : C -> D is called a left inverse for f if for all d in D, g (f d) = d and a right inverse if, for all c in C, f (g c) = c and an inverse if both conditions hold. Only an injection has a left inverse, only a surjection has a right inverse and only a bijection has inverses. The inverse of f is often written as f with a -1 superscript.