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reversible

[ri-vur-suh-buh l] /rɪˈvɜr sə bəl/
adjective
1.
capable of reversing or of being reversed.
2.
capable of reestablishing the original condition after a change by the reverse of the change.
3.
(of a fabric) woven or printed so that either side may be exposed.
4.
that can be worn with either side out:
a reversible jacket.
noun
5.
a garment, especially a coat, that can be worn with either side exposed.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; reverse + -ible
Related forms
reversibility, reversibleness, noun
reversibly, adverb
nonreversibility, noun
nonreversible, adjective
nonreversibleness, noun
nonreversibly, adverb
unreversible, adjective
unreversibleness, noun
unreversibly, adverb
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reversible

/rɪˈvɜːsəbəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being reversed: a reversible decision
2.
capable of returning to an original condition
3.
(chem, physics) capable of assuming or producing either of two possible states and changing from one to the other: a reversible reaction
4.
(thermodynamics) (of a change, process, etc) occurring through a number of intermediate states that are all in thermodynamic equilibrium
5.
(of a fabric or garment) woven, printed, or finished so that either side may be used as the outer side
noun
6.
a reversible garment, esp a coat
Derived Forms
reversibility, noun
reversibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for nonreversible

reversible

adj.

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

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