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REVERSAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does reversal mean? 

REVERSAL (noun)
  The noun REVERSAL has 8 senses:

1. a change from one state to the opposite state
2. an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating
3. turning in an opposite direction or position
4. a decision to reverse an earlier decision
5. a judgment by a higher court that the judgment of a lower court was incorrect and should be set aside
6. turning in the opposite direction
7. the act of reversing the order or place of
8. a major change in attitude or principle or point of view

  Familiarity information: REVERSAL used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


REVERSAL (noun)


Sense 1reversal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A change from one state to the opposite state

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

there was a reversal of autonomic function

Hypernyms ("reversal" is a kind of...):

change of state (the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "reversal"):

regress; regression; retrogression; retroversion; reversion (returning to a former state)


Sense 2reversal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

setback; reversal; black eye; blow; reverse

Hypernyms ("reversal" is a kind of...):

happening; natural event; occurrence; occurrent (an event that happens)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "reversal"):

whammy (a serious or devastating setback)


Sense 3reversal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Turning in an opposite direction or position

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

turn around; reversal

Context example:

the reversal of the image in the lens

Hypernyms ("reversal" is a kind of...):

turn; turning (a movement in a new direction)


Sense 4reversal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A decision to reverse an earlier decision

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

change of mind; flip-flop; turnabout; turnaround; reversal

Hypernyms ("reversal" is a kind of...):

deciding; decision making (the cognitive process of reaching a decision)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "reversal"):

afterthought; reconsideration; rethink; second thought (thinking again about a choice previously made)


Sense 5reversal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A judgment by a higher court that the judgment of a lower court was incorrect and should be set aside

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("reversal" is a kind of...):

judgement; judgment; judicial decision ((law) the determination by a court of competent jurisdiction on matters submitted to it)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)

Antonym:

affirmation (a judgment by a higher court that the judgment of a lower court was correct and should stand)


Sense 6reversal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Turning in the opposite direction

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

turnabout; reversion; turnaround; reversal; reverse

Hypernyms ("reversal" is a kind of...):

change of direction; reorientation (the act of changing the direction in which something is oriented)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "reversal"):

about turn; about-face (act of pivoting 180 degrees, especially in a military formation)

u-turn (complete reversal of direction of travel)


Sense 7reversal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of reversing the order or place of

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

transposition; reversal

Hypernyms ("reversal" is a kind of...):

reordering (a rearrangement in a different order)


Sense 8reversal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A major change in attitude or principle or point of view

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

policy change; volte-face; about-face; reversal

Context example:

an about-face on foreign policy

Hypernyms ("reversal" is a kind of...):

change (the action of changing something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "reversal"):

undoing (an act that makes a previous act of no effect (as if not done))


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