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English noun: reversal

1. reversal (act) a change from one state to the opposite state

SamplesThere was a reversal of autonomic function.

Broader (hypernym)change of state

Narrower (hyponym)regress, regression, retrogression, retroversion, reversion

2. reversal (event) an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating

Synonymsblack eye, blow, reverse, setback

Broader (hypernym)happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent

Narrower (hyponym)whammy

3. reversal (event) turning in an opposite direction or position

SamplesThe reversal of the image in the lens.

Synonymsturn around

Broader (hypernym)turn, turning

4. reversal (cognition) a decision to reverse an earlier decision

Synonymschange of mind, flip-flop, turnabout, turnaround

Broader (hypernym)deciding, decision making

Narrower (hyponym)afterthought, reconsideration, rethink, second thought

5. reversal (act) a judgment by a higher court that the judgment of a lower court was incorrect and should be set aside

Broader (hypernym)judgement, judgment, judicial decision

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law


6. reversal (act) turning in the opposite direction

Synonymsreverse, reversion, turnabout, turnaround

Broader (hypernym)change of direction, reorientation

Narrower (hyponym)about turn, about-face, u-turn

7. reversal (act) the act of reversing the order or place of


Broader (hypernym)reordering

8. reversal (act) a major change in attitude or principle or point of view

SamplesAn about-face on foreign policy.

Synonymsabout-face, policy change, volte-face

Broader (hypernym)change

Narrower (hyponym)undoing

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