Definition of inverse in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈinvərs/
Pronunciation: /inˈvərs/


1Opposite or contrary in position, direction, order, or effect: the well-observed inverse relationship between disability and social contact
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  • The positive sign on this effect suggests that the inverse relationship between early support from the mother and adult depressive symptoms is less substantial among male respondents.
  • In theory, at least, this creates a direct, inverse relationship between the unemployment rate and the inflation rate.
  • A review of 20 international studies looking into the link between the use of the oral contraceptives and rates of bowel cancer found an inverse relationship.
1.1chiefly Mathematics Produced from or related to something else by a process of inversion.
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  • He made major contributions to the inverse problem of Galois theory as well as to class field theory, thereby solving some long outstanding conjectures.
  • That is addition, multiplication and the two inverse operations of subtraction and division.
  • The reconstructions of outlines corresponding to extreme individuals using the inverse Fourier transform are plotted on the PC1 - PC2 projection.


[usually in singular]
1Something that is the opposite or reverse of something else: his approach is the inverse of most research
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  • Video has always articulated itself as the negative inverse of television, the conscience of television, as Avital Ronell once put it.
  • Where many live albums sound more organic than their studio counterparts, the inverse is true here.
  • You take a verb, put un at the beginning, and get as result another verb that expresses the opposite or inverse of the action the original verb expressed.
1.1 Mathematics A reciprocal quantity, mathematical expression, geometric figure, etc., that is the result of inversion.
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  • Those two pairs of mathematical inverses yield scores that are reciprocals of each other.
  • The coefficient on quantity exported represents the inverse of the residual demand elasticity, which is the main point of interest here.
1.2 Mathematics An element that, when combined with a given element in an operation, produces the identity element for that operation.
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  • Group theory studies not a single structure, but a type of structure, the pattern common to collections of objects with a binary operation, an identity element thereon, and inverses for each element.
  • Existence of inverses there exist elements a and a ^ - 1 for every a such that a + = z and a x = e.
  • If the cull is sufficiently small, this response is given by an element of the inverse of the Jacobian matrix.


Late Middle English: from Latin inversus, past participle of invertere (see invert1).

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Syllabification: in·verse

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