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[ri-vur-suh-buh l] /rɪˈvɜr sə bəl/
capable of reversing or of being reversed.
capable of reestablishing the original condition after a change by the reverse of the change.
(of a fabric) woven or printed so that either side may be exposed.
that can be worn with either side out:
a reversible jacket.
a garment, especially a coat, that can be worn with either side exposed.
Origin of reversible
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for reversible
  • It may be true that every technique of wit shows the tendency to economize in expression, but the relationship is not reversible.
  • The judge said the agreement was too general and must be reversible.
  • Our bright red reversible bib features a fuzzy appliqué of a smiling polar bear decked out in his finest polka dot scarf.
  • It is a reversible process meant to draw attention to and attract possible resources which can alleviate the crisis.
  • Well, those security gains were ultimately about making political gains, which are themselves fragile and reversible.
  • However, while the security progress achieved over the past year is significant, it is also fragile and reversible.
  • Advances in conducting polymers and reversible optical media are pointing toward fabrics that can literally become displays.
  • But other trends suggest that globalisation is reversible.
  • But commodity-led growth on the continent is not as reversible as it used to be.
  • Second, sluggish demand overseas is a big cause of the deficit, so it is reversible.
British Dictionary definitions for reversible


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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