[ US /ɹiˈvɝsəɫ, ɹɪˈvɝsəɫ/ ]
[ UK /ɹɪvˈɜːsə‍l/ ]
  1. turning in an opposite direction or position
    the reversal of the image in the lens
  2. an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating
  3. a change from one state to the opposite state
    there was a reversal of autonomic function
  4. turning in the opposite direction
  5. a decision to reverse an earlier decision
  6. a judgment by a higher court that the judgment of a lower court was incorrect and should be set aside
  7. a major change in attitude or principle or point of view
    an about-face on foreign policy
  8. the act of reversing the order or place of
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How To Use reversal In A Sentence

  • The professor has deciphered the word 'Nesseta-ciled' by reversal: it is 'delicatessen' ... The Heart Of A Dog
  • On appeal to the CAFC, the court stated that the applicants "misapprehended" the BPAI's decision, noting that none of the rejected claims contained the limitations which prompted the reversal. Archive 2008-04-01
  • Parking for the venue, the Palestinian people have made announcements to persuade, but no enforcement power to prevent reversals .
  • Ironically, despite a global reversal in the world's financial fortunes, the ultrarich continue to grow (grotesquely) richer. Times, Sunday Times
  • Hemingbrough are struggling to come to terms with life in the top division although the signs are that they are improving despite their reversal at Stockton and Hopgrove.
  • Therefore, to excise it would not imply any reversal of Britain's opt-out.
  • The highest conception we can form of heaven is the reversal of all the evil of earth, and the completion of its incomplete good: the sinless purity -- the blessed presence of God -- the fulfilment of all desires -- the service which is _blessed_, not toil -- the changelessness which is progress, not stagnation. Expositions of Holy Scripture
  • Yet the realist vision shifts to the phantasmagoric, as spectator and spectacle undergo carnivalesque reversals and interpenetration, in their darkest and most violent manifestations.
  • Owing to these reversals the linear and telic structure of the narrative is attenuated as the pursuer becomes the pursued, the hunter the hunted, the victimizer the victim, the will to kill the will to die.
  • Even though their HDL levels decreased, these patients showed reversal of their heart disease using state-of-the-art measures such as quantitative coronary arteriography, cardiac PET scans, thallium scans, and radionuclide ventriculography in randomized controlled trials published in leading peer-reviewed journals. Cholesterol: The Good, the Bad and the Truth
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