1. a change from one state to the opposite state (Freq. 1)

there was a reversal of autonomic function

Derivationally related forms: ↑reverse
Hypernyms: ↑change of state
Hyponyms: ↑regression, ↑regress, ↑reversion, ↑retrogression, ↑retroversion
2. an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating
Syn: ↑reverse, ↑setback, ↑blow, ↑black eye
Derivationally related forms: ↑set back (for: ↑setback)
Hypernyms: ↑happening, ↑occurrence, ↑occurrent, ↑natural event
Hyponyms: ↑whammy
3. turning in an opposite direction or position

the reversal of the image in the lens

Syn: ↑turn around
Derivationally related forms: ↑turn around (for: ↑turn around), ↑reverse
Hypernyms: ↑turning, ↑turn
4. a decision to reverse an earlier decision
Derivationally related forms: ↑flip-flop (for: ↑flip-flop), ↑reverse
Hypernyms: ↑decision making, ↑deciding
Hyponyms: ↑reconsideration, ↑second thought, ↑afterthought, ↑rethink
5. a judgment by a higher court that the judgment of a lower court was incorrect and should be set aside
Ant: ↑affirmation
Derivationally related forms: ↑reverse
Topics: ↑law, ↑jurisprudence
Hypernyms: ↑judgment, ↑judgement, ↑judicial decision
6. turning in the opposite direction
Syn: ↑reversion, ↑reverse, ↑turnabout, ↑turnaround
Derivationally related forms: ↑reverse, ↑reverse (for: ↑reverse)
Hypernyms: ↑change of direction, ↑reorientation
Hyponyms: ↑about-face, ↑about turn, ↑u-turn
7. the act of reversing the order or place of
Syn: ↑transposition
Derivationally related forms: ↑transpose (for: ↑transposition)
Hypernyms: ↑reordering
8. a major change in attitude or principle or point of view

an about-face on foreign policy

Syn: ↑about-face, ↑volte-face, ↑policy change
Derivationally related forms: ↑about-face (for: ↑about-face)
Hypernyms: ↑change
Hyponyms: ↑undoing

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