AskDefine | Define reversal

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1 a change from one state to the opposite state; "there was a reversal of autonomic function"
2 an unfortunate happening that hinders of impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating [syn: reverse, setback, blow, black eye]
3 turning in an opposite direction or position; "the reversal of the image in the lens" [syn: turn around]
4 a decision to reverse an earlier decision [syn: change of mind, flip-flop, turnabout, turnaround]
5 a judgment by a higher court that the judgment of a lower court was incorrect and should be set aside [ant: affirmation]
6 turning in the opposite direction [syn: reversion, reverse, turnabout, turnaround]
7 the act of reversing the order or place of [syn: transposition]
8 a reversal in attitude or principle or point of view; "an about-face on foreign policy" [syn: about-face, volte-face, policy change]

User Contributed Dictionary





  1. The state of being reversed.
  2. An instance of reversing.
  3. A change in fortune; a change from being successful to having problems.

Extensive Definition

Reversal can refer to:

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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