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[ri-vur-suh l] /rɪˈvɜr səl/
an act or instance of reversing.
the state of being reversed.
an adverse change of fortune; reverse.
Law. the setting aside of a decision of a lower court by a higher court.
Origin of reversal
1480-90; reverse + -al2
Related forms
prereversal, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for reversal
  • The landmark reversal shocked tax experts and saved the church tens of millions of dollars in taxes.
  • The reversal followed news-media scrutiny and a threatened lawsuit over the university's right to shut down the paper.
  • Some scientists speculate the field is headed for a reversal.
  • Inversion occurs when the air near the ground is cooler than the air above it, a reversal of normal atmospheric conditions.
  • The reversal was possible because of turnover among trustees.
  • Calls that involved no reversal of rank registered as status quo and barely triggered a glance.
  • In order for a reversal to take place there must be a brief time during which the field is non existent.
  • Modelers are now working to figure out how the field reversal could have occurred.
  • It is a partial reversal of a trend that seemed inexorable until recently.
  • It's a breathtaking reversal after decades of disaffection and doubt.
British Dictionary definitions for reversal


the act or an instance of reversing
a change for the worse; reverse: a reversal of fortune
the state of being reversed
the annulment of a judicial decision, esp by an appeal court on grounds of error or irregularity
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Word Origin and History for reversal

late 15c., from reverse (v.) + -al (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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reversal in Medicine

reversal re·ver·sal (rĭ-vûr'səl)

  1. A change to an opposite condition, direction, or position.

  2. A condition in which an individual has difficulty distinguishing the lowercase printed or written characters of particular letters: p from q; g or b from d; or s from z.

  3. The change of an emotion into its opposite, as from love into hate.

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