What does reversal mean?

Definitions for reversal
rɪˈvɜr səlre·ver·sal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. reversalnoun

    a change from one state to the opposite state

    "there was a reversal of autonomic function"

  2. reverse, reversal, setback, blow, black eyenoun

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

  3. reversal, turn aroundnoun

    turning in an opposite direction or position

    "the reversal of the image in the lens"

  4. reversal, change of mind, flip-flop, turnabout, turnaroundnoun

    a decision to reverse an earlier decision

  5. reversalnoun

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

  6. reversion, reverse, reversal, turnabout, turnaroundnoun

    turning in the opposite direction

  7. transposition, reversalnoun

    the act of reversing the order or place of

  8. about-face, volte-face, reversal, policy changenoun

    a major change in attitude or principle or point of view

    "an about-face on foreign policy"


  1. reversalnoun

    The state of being reversed.

  2. reversalnoun

    An instance of reversing.

  3. reversalnoun

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Reversalnoun

    Change of sentence.

    Etymology: from reverse.

    The king, in the reversal of the attainders of his partakers, had his will. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reversaladjective

    intended to reverse; implying reversal

  2. Reversalnoun

    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

  3. Reversalnoun

    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

  4. Etymology: [See Reverse.]


  1. Reversal

    Reversal is a 2001 movie about a high school wrestler, directed by Jimi Petulla. The movie, starring Danny Mousetis, chronicles the struggle of Leo Leone as he strives for the Pennsylvania state title and his dad's affection. Coached by his father, Edward Leone, he is constantly pushed towards this goal. He is forced to decide between the approval of his father or his own wishes as he feels the strain from years of training and making weight. The movie never made it to the mainstream public, however received vocal support from many leaders in the wrestling community such as Cael Sanderson and Kurt Angle. The soundtrack was composed by Jeff Danna. His first credits were as a contributing composer for Fox's popular series Beverly Hills 90210. One of his more recent and noteworthy scores were for The Boondock Saints. In 2001, other than Reversal, Danna composed three more films; O, The Grey Zone and Green Dragon. His music has also been heard on the hit syndicated series Kung Fu: The Legend Continues and in the telefilm "Baby," with Farrah Fawcett.

Anagrams for reversal »

  1. reserval

  2. slaverer

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reversal in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reversal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of reversal in a Sentence

  1. Nikhil Batra:

    The NDAA is not really a reversal of the ZTE deal, but will in all probability prolong the ban-lifting process for ZTE.

  2. Katherine Keyes:

    If and when Covid restrictions ease, you won't see a reversal in the same way you saw the acceleration because these drug distribution networks and addiction become embedded in the community. And it's not like they turn off overnight.

  3. Jonah Gelbach:

    While the 9th Circuit does seem to consistently have a high reversal rate at the Supreme Court, this is a questionable measure of the 9th Circuit's performance, the Supreme Court hears only a tiny fraction of those cases, maybe a dozen or two, so reversals tell us close to nothing about a circuit's performance except in a handful of cases.

  4. Lee Hardman:

    The recent escalation in the trade war between the U.S. and China is a dollar positive story. We are relatively pessimistic and feel we are unlikely to get a trade deal before the end of this year, which should keep the dollar well bid, unless we see a more aggressive Fed rate cut cycle in response to recession fears in the U.S., it is difficult to see in the near-term what will trigger a sustainable reversal of the strong dollar trend that has been in place for the last couple of years.

  5. George C. Marshall:

    If man does find the solution for world peace it will be the most revolutionary reversal of his record we have ever known.

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