Definition of Reversal

1. Noun. A change from one state to the opposite state. "There was a reversal of autonomic function"

Generic synonyms: Change Of State
Specialized synonyms: Regress, Regression, Retrogression, Retroversion, Reversion
Derivative terms: Reverse

2. Noun. An unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating.
Exact synonyms: Black Eye, Blow, Reverse, Setback
Generic synonyms: Happening, Natural Event, Occurrence, Occurrent
Specialized synonyms: Whammy
Derivative terms: Set Back

3. Noun. Turning in an opposite direction or position. "The reversal of the image in the lens"
Exact synonyms: Turn Around
Generic synonyms: Turn, Turning
Derivative terms: Reverse, Turn Around

4. Noun. A decision to reverse an earlier decision.
Exact synonyms: Change Of Mind, Flip-flop, Turnabout, Turnaround
Generic synonyms: Deciding, Decision Making
Specialized synonyms: Afterthought, Reconsideration, Rethink, Second Thought
Derivative terms: Flip-flop, Reverse

5. Noun. A judgment by a higher court that the judgment of a lower court was incorrect and should be set aside.
Generic synonyms: Judgement, Judgment, Judicial Decision
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Antonyms: Affirmation
Derivative terms: Reverse

6. Noun. Turning in the opposite direction.
Exact synonyms: Reverse, Reversion, Turnabout, Turnaround
Generic synonyms: Change Of Direction, Reorientation
Specialized synonyms: About Turn, About-face, U-turn
Derivative terms: Reverse, Reverse, Reverse, Reverse

7. Noun. The act of reversing the order or place of.
Exact synonyms: Transposition
Generic synonyms: Reordering
Derivative terms: Transpose

8. Noun. A major change in attitude or principle or point of view. "An about-face on foreign policy"
Exact synonyms: About-face, Policy Change, Volte-face
Generic synonyms: Change
Specialized synonyms: Undoing
Derivative terms: About-face

Definition of Reversal

1. a. Intended to reverse; implying reversal.

2. n. The act of reversing; the causing to move or face in an opposite direction, or to stand or lie in an inverted position; as, the reversal of a rotating wheel; the reversal of objects by a convex lens.

Definition of Reversal

1. Noun. The state of being reversed. ¹

2. Noun. An instance of reversing. ¹

3. Noun. A change in fortune; a change from being successful to having problems. ¹

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Definition of Reversal

1. the act of reversing [n -S]

Medical Definition of Reversal

1. 1. The act of reversing; the causing to move or face in an opposite direction, or to stand or lie in an inverted position; as, the reversal of a rotating wheel; the reversal of objects by a convex lens. 2. A change or overthrowing; as, the reversal of a judgment, which amounts to an official declaration that it is false; the reversal of an attainder, or of an outlawry, by which the sentence is rendered void. Origin: From Reverse. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Reversal

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1. The Journal of General Physiology by Society of General Physiologists, Rockefeller Institute, Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (1920)
"THE reversal OF THE SIGN OF THE CHARGE OF COLLODION MEMBRANES BY TRIVALENT CATIONS. BY JACQUES LOEB. (From the Laboratories of The Rockefeller Institute for ..."

2. Judicial and Statutory Definitions of Words and Phrases by West Publishing Company (1905)
"The distinction between the reversal of a judgment and an affirmance with a modification is said by the court to be too marked and radical to justify them ..."

3. Ruling Case Law as Developed and Established by the Decisions and by William Mark McKinney, Burdett Alberto Rich (1914)
"General Effect of reversal.— When an order is entered in an appellate court reversing a judgment, it is forthwith vacated, and no longer remains in ..."

4. Lawyers' Reports Annotated by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1901)
"The omission of a statement in an order «1 LRA of reversal by an appellate court, that the reversal was upon the facts, is immaterial in a case where there ..."

5. Principles of General Physiology by William Maddock Bayliss (1920)
"reversal EFFECTS Although under ordinary conditions, such as change of intensity of stimulus, altered time course, and so on, an inhibitory termination of ..."

6. The Theory and Practice of Absolute Measurements in Electricity and Magnetism by Andrew Gray (1893)
"Method of Observing Induction Deflection l>y Rever- sal °f After reversal the zero for steady flow had of course shifted Correction owing to imperfect ..."

7. A Digest of the Decisions of the Courts of Last Resort of the Several States by Stewart Rapalje (1891)
"Effect of judgment of reversal. — Principles settled by appellate court in ... reversal of judgment appointing syndic A'f, not operate retrospectively, ..."

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