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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


Antonymsaffirmation

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


Synonymstransposition


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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