Definition of inverse adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌɪnˈvɜːs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪnˈvɜːrs//
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  1. 1[only before noun] opposite in amount or position to something else A person's wealth is often in inverse proportion to their happiness (= the more money they have, the less happy they are). There is often an inverse relationship between the power of the tool and how easy it is to use.
  2. 2the inverse noun [singular] (specialist) the exact opposite of something
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin inversus, past participle of invertere literally ‘turn inside out’, from in- ‘into’ + vertere ‘to turn’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: inverse