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Definition of the noun reversal

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noun - plural: reversals

  1. a change from one state to the opposite state
  2. an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating
  3. turning in an opposite direction or position
    • example: the reversal of the image in the lens
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • synonym of reversal: turn around
    • more generic words: turn / turning = a movement in a new direction
  4. a decision to reverse an earlier decision
  5. a judgment by a higher court that the judgment of a lower court was incorrect and should be set aside
  6. turning in the opposite direction
  7. the act of reversing the order or place of
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of reversal: transposition
    • more generic word: reordering = a rearrangement in a different order
  8. a major change in attitude or principle or point of view

Alternative definition of the noun reversal


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

Phrases with reversal

  1. Age-Reversal
  2. Time Reversal
  3. Magnetic Reversal
  4. change by 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.


"Reversal" is a musical EP of Sean Deason & CiM.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for reversal

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Google previewWords from Jacob Levi Moreno (2007)

by Rosa Cukier

Role reversal is without risk the more solidly structured the two persons are who reverse roles. 10. Role reversal is a greater risk, at times contraindicated, if the ego of one person is minimally structured and the ego of the other maximally ;...

Google previewFight Fair (2010)

Winning at Conflict without Losing at Love by Tim Downs, Joy Downs

Reversal is a form of defensiveness.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Candlestick Charts (2012)

by Thomas N. Bulkowski

Table 5 Reversal Rates Description Explanation Closing price confirmation reversal rate Whichever direction represents a reversal of the price trend leading to the candle pattern, look for a higher/lower close the day after the candle pattern ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Card Play Techniques at Bridge (2007)

by Guy Leve

reversal. This technique involves making extra tricks out of the long trump hand, usually declarer's. Though quite simple in principle, it is often overlooked by a declarer too busy counting dummy's potential ruffs.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Psychopharmacology (2010)

by Ian P. Stolerman

''reversal learning'' is used much more widely and, particularly in studies of behavioral flexibility, it is most often used to refer to instrumental learning (▷ Instrumental conditioning) of a two-choice discrimination task, such as a T-maze or two ...

Google previewMale Infertility from A to Z: A Concise Encyclopedia (1996)

by J.A. Carver-Wa, J.M.G. Hollanders

UroL, 139,562 Related subjects: asthenozoospermia, leukocytospermia, physical examination — male infertility, scrotal temperature, spermatogenic arrest, ultrasonography, venography VASECTOMY, REVERSAL After successful reversal of ...

Google previewThe Experimental Phenomena of Consciousness : A Brief Dictionary (2007)

A Brief Dictionary by Berkeley Talis Bachmann Professor of Psychology University of California, Berkeley Bruno Breitmeyer Professor of Psychology University of California, Berkeley Haluk Ogmen Professor of Psychology University of California

Figure-ground reversal typically implies depth reversal in terms of which part of the image appears to be located at a depth plane closer to the observer and which part appears more distant. In consciousness, it is virtually impossible to hold ...

Google previewThe Law-dictionary: Explaining the Rise, Progress and Present State of the British Law (1820)

Defining and Interpreting the Terms Or Words of Art, and Comrising Also Copious Information on the Subjects of Trade and Government by Thomas Edlyne Tomlins

REVERSAL, Of Judgment ; Is the making it void for error ; and when, on the return of a writ of error, it appears that the judgment is erroneous, then the court give judgment Quod judicium revoceiur, adnulletur et penitus pro nulla habeatur. 2 Lill .

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Role Reversal

Sometimes the other person's shoes are just too much to handle.

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To recommend that women become identical to men, would be simple reversal, and would defeat the whole point of androgyny, and for that matter, feminism: in both, the whole point is choice. (Carolyn Heilbrun)
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Scrabble value of R1E1V4E1R1S1A1L1

The value of this 8-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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