Definition of Reversive

1. Adjective. Tending to be turned back.

Exact synonyms: Returning
Similar to: Backward
Derivative terms: Revert



Definition of Reversive

1. Adjective. (linguistics) Designating the reversion of an action. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Lexicographical Neighbors of Reversive

reversibly
reversine
reversing
reversing thermometer
reversion
reversional
reversionaries
reversionary
reversionary annuity
reversioner
reversioners
reversionist
reversionists
reversions
reversis
reversive (current term)
reverso
reversos
revert
revert war
revertability
revertable
revertant
revertants
reverted
revertee
revertees
revertent
reverter
reverters

Literary usage of Reversive

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Cyclopædic Dictionary of the Mang'anja Language Spoken in British Central by David Clement Ruffelle Scott (1892)
"... does not admit of 'undoing,' being a sort of undoing itself, it means to 'further or help the undoing,1 hence we might say -ula has a reversive force, ..."

2. A Handbook of the Ila Language by Edwin William Smith (1907)
"The reversive Species. Verbs in this species express just the opposite idea to those of the simple verbs. The suffix answers to our English prefix un-. ..."

3. Grammar of the Temne Language by Christian Frederick Schlenker (1864)
"If a radical verb terminates in: e (a rare case), no intr. reversive verb can be formed from it. Matle, ,,make to adhere, seal; shut up, close up" (as a ..."

4. A Comparative Grammar of the South African Bantu Language: Comprising Those by J. Torrend (1891)
"reversive verbs express the undoing of what is expressed by the simple, ... reversive and expansive verbs agree in taking identical suffixes. ..."

5. The Principles and Practice of Medicine: Designed for the Use of by William Osler, Thomas McCrae (1916)
"In the adult, adiposity, high sugar tolerance, subnormal temperature, psychic manifestations, and sexual infantilism of the reversive type indicate ..."

6. The Syntax and Synonyms of the Greek Testament by William Webster (1864)
"The privative or reversive power of the negative prevails in Latin and English, ' negó (ne aio),' means, ' I say no.' The Lord will not hold him guiltless ..."

7. Introductory Sketch of the Bantu Languages by Alice Werner (1919)
"SWAHILI : in-ama ' stoop ' (in-ua, the reversive of the same root, means ' lift up ') ang-ama, ' be suspended ' from anga ' float' (in the air)—angna, ..."

8. Comparative Handbook of Congo Languages by Walter Henry Stapleton (1903)
"The verbs un-cover, dis-join, correspond exactly to what is termed the reversive verb in Bantu. They are formed from the simple verbs cover, join, ..."

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