# Definition of 'inverse'

1. adjective

If there is an inverse relationship between two things, one of them becomes larger as the other becomes
smaller.

The tension grew in inverse proportion to the distance from their final destination.

2. singular noun

The inverse of something is its exact opposite.

[formal]
There is no sign that you bothered to consider the inverse of your logic.

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adjective

2. mathematics

a.

(of a relationship) containing two variables such that an increase in one results in a decrease in the other

the volume of a gas is in inverse ratio to its pressure

noun

5. logic

a categorial proposition derived from another by changing both the proposition and its subject from affirmative to negative, or vice versa, as all immortals are angels from no mortals are angels

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## Derived forms

inversely (inˈversely) adverb

## Word origin of 'inverse'

C17: from Latin inversus, from invertere to invert adjective

2. Ancient Mathematics

subtraction is the inverse operation of addition

verb transitiveWord forms: inˈversed or inˈversing

5. Rare

to invert; reverse

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## Derived forms

inversely (inˈversely) adverb

## Word origin of 'inverse'

L inversus, pp. of invertere## Example sentences containing 'inverse'

We had to try some of this liquid inverse snobbery.

Times, Sunday Times (2010) Times, Sunday Times (2006)There sometimes seems to be an inverse correlation between the complexity of government and its importance.

Times, Sunday Times (2009) Times, Sunday Times (2008) Times, Sunday Times (2012)There is an alternative story which could explain the inverse relationship between profitability and debt ratios.

Principles of Corporate Finance (1991)Should we ladies infer that their masculinity is in inverse proportion to their remuneration package?

Times, Sunday Times (2014)The yields on gilts have an inverse relationship to values.

Times, Sunday Times (2013) Times, Sunday Times (2007) Times, Sunday Times (2015) Times, Sunday Times (2010) Times, Sunday Times (2013) Times, Sunday Times (2016)This was inverse snobbery, it has been claimed.

Times, Sunday Times (2013)With sceptics, there is usually an inverse relationship between the two.

Times, Sunday Times (2010)It has held down bond yields, which have an inverse relationship to the value.

Times, Sunday Times (2013) Christianity Today (2000)Yet somehow, the reputation of the prize has continued to rise in inverse relation to the reputation of its donor.

Times, Sunday Times (2008) Times, Sunday Times (2016) The Origins of Economic Inequality between Nations: A critique of Western theories
on development and underdevelopment (1990)The regime seems to be having an inverse effect: the thinner he gets, the wider he spreads his wings.

Times, Sunday Times (2009)It'The Premier stats that show an inverse correlation the amount of can earn and of making it as a footballer.

The Sun (2016)There seems to be some sort of mysterious law of inverse logic: the worse the rugby, the bigger the crowds.

Times, Sunday Times (2009)## Trends of 'inverse'

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