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Definitions of inverse

  1. inversely related; " 1/ 2 is the inverse of 2"
  2. ( math) one of a pair of numbers whose product is 1: the reciprocal of 2/ 3 is 3/ 2; the inverse of 7 is 1/ 7
  3. something inverted in sequence or character or effect; " when the direct approach failed he tried the inverse"
  4. reversed ( turned backward) in order or nature or effect
  5. ( mathematics) varying in a manner opposite to that of another quantity; " a term is in inverse proportion to another term if it increases ( or decreases) as the other decreases ( or increases)"
  6. opposite in nature or effect or relation to another quantity ; " a term is in inverse proportion to another term if it increases ( or decreases) as the other decreases ( or increases)"
  7. Inverted; having a position or mode of attachment the reverse of that which is usual.
  8. Opposite in nature and effect; -- said with reference to any two operations, which, when both are performed in succession upon any quantity, reproduce that quantity; as, multiplication is the inverse operation to division. The symbol of an inverse operation is the symbol of the direct operation with - 1 as an index. Thus sin- 1 x means the arc whose sine is x.
  9. That which is inverse.
  10. Opposite in order, relation, or effect; reversed; inverted; reciprocal; - opposed to direct.
  11. Opposite in nature and effect; - said with reference to any two operations, which, when both are performed in succession upon any quantity, reproduce that quantity; as, multiplication is the inverse operation to division.
  12. Opposite in tendency, direction, or effect; turned upside down.
  13. Inverted: in the reverse or contrary order: opposite.
  14. INVERSELY.
  15. In the opposite or contrary order.
  16. Opposite in order or effect; inverted; reciprocal.
  17. Inverted; reciprocal. Inverse ratio, the ratio of the reciprocals of two quantities. Inverse proportion, an equality between a direct ratio and an inverse ratio; the rule of three or proportion, applied in a reverse or contrary order. See Invert.
  18. Placed in contrary order; opposed to direct; in bot., having a position or mode of attachment the reverse of what is usual.
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Antonyms for inverse

direct, forward.

Quotes of inverse

  1. There is an inverse relationship between reliance on the state and self -reliance. – William F. Buckley, Jr.
  2. There thus appears to be an inverse correlation between recovery and psychotherapy; the more psychotherapy, the smaller the recovery rate. – Hans Eysenck
  3. People's intelligence tends to be in inverse proportion to their number. People don't tend to get smarter as they get into bigger groups. – Robyn Hitchcock
  4. Official dignity tends to increase in inverse ratio to the importance of the country in which the office is held. – Aldous Huxley
  5. The quality of moral behavior varies in inverse ratio to the number of human beings involved. – Aldous Huxley
  6. The number of medals on an officer's breast varies in inverse proportion to the square of the distance of his duties from the front line. – Charles Edward Montague
  7. The Law of Triviality... briefly stated, it means that the time spent on any item of the agenda will be in inverse proportion to the sum involved. – C. Northcote Parkinson
  8. Time spent on any item of the agenda will be in inverse proportion to the sum involved. – C. Northcote Parkinson
  9. I have discovered in 20 years of moving around a ballpark, that the knowledge of the game is usually in inverse proportion to the price of the seats. – Bill Veeck

Usage examples for inverse

  1. If we desire to formulate the principles on which this conclusion rests we shall find them in the two broad rules, firstly, that the vulnerability of trade is in inverse ratio to its volume, and secondly, that facility of attack means facility of defence. – Some Principles of Maritime Strategy by Julian Stafford Corbett
  2. At intervals the passengers foregathered for meals at some wayside buffet or accommodation house,- meals whose quality was in inverse ratio to the exuberance of the prices charged therefor,- then each would return to his own box and smoke and read and sleep away the little matter of seven hundred miles. – The Sign of the Spider by Bertram Mitford
  3. The law of the inverse square is of course only true for a perfectly elastic and continuous medium, and the real curve of intensity is not that of the continuous line in Fig. – A Study of Recent Earthquakes by Charles Davison
  4. Intuition and intellect represent two opposite directions of the work of consciousness: intuition goes in the very direction of life, intellect goes in the inverse direction, and thus finds itself naturally in accordance with the movement of matter. – Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson
  5. The rigor he displayed in dealing with some of the smaller countries was in inverse ratio to the indulgence he practised toward the Great Powers. – The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference by Emile Joseph Dillon
  6. It was necessary to prove that the geometrical order has no need of explanation, being purely and simply the suppression of the inverse order. – Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson
  7. The trouble is that in this country the ugliness of the grown woman seems to be in inverse ratio to her girlish beauty. – The Mystery of The Barranca by Herman Whitaker
  8. The last boat starts first, then the others in inverse order to their places, and after rowing a short way they 'easy all' and await the ten- oar, which pursues an uninterrupted course to Boveney Lock, followed by the others in their proper order. – Boating by W. B. Woodgate Commentator: Harvey Mason
  9. If time be left out of account, or if species be considered as permanent, then the inverse ratio between individuation and genesis holds absolutely, but each advance in individual development implies an economy: the advantage must exceed the cost, else it would not be perpetuated. – Herbert Spencer by J. Arthur Thomson
  10. But she had mentally resolved that she would inquire carefully just how distant this relative was, and then she would take means to place their Annie at a distance from the young man in an inverse ratio to the space between him and the tavern- keeper. – 'Lizbeth of the Dale by Marian Keith
  11. Unless I could find some method of compensating for my lost ballast, the inverse gravity of my inertron ship would hurl me continuously upward until I shot forth from the last air layer into space. – The Airlords of Han by Philip Francis Nowlan
  12. But, on the other hand, it is equally true that attention is in inverse ratio to habit. – The Story of the Mind by James Mark Baldwin
  13. On the other hand, there are those rulers themselves whose greatness is in inverse proportion to their number. – Selected Essays by Karl Marx
  14. The reason seems to me to be this: in Leicestershire you find the field composed largely of smart London men; and after a certain age a man " goes to hounds" in inverse ratio to the pace at which he travels as a man about town. – A Cotswold Village by J. Arthur Gibbs
  15. This, together with our mixed population, in many quarters made up largely of the peoples of Southern Europe, all more or less of one type, all speaking languages which, to untrained ears at least, are almost identical one with the other, gave the Spanish spy in America a protection and freedom from suspicion and surveillance he would hardly meet with in any other country, and which, by the inverse offered no opportunity for the American spy in Spain, had we chosen to make use of the same methods. – Our War with Spain for Cuba's Freedom by Trumbull White
  16. It is true that she was still inferior and this distinction was recognized and emphasized by the difference in the penalties imposed for the commission of the same crimes, these penalties being in inverse ratio to the importance of the criminal. – Legal Status Of Women In Iowa by Jennie Lansley Wilson
  17. As yet the " leprosy of decorations," as Dr. Seton Watson describes the outbreak of coloured ribbons on manly chests, its spread in inverse ratio to danger incurred, has not assumed undue proportions- but who knows? – From a Terrace in Prague by Lieut.-Col. B. Granville Baker
  18. It is in vain that we assert that this order produces itself automatically by the interruption of the inverse order, that it is this very interruption. – Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson
  19. For more than twelve months, on every battlefield, where the bravest, the truest, the most ardent and self- sacrificing are necessarily the first to die and where the less courageous, the less generous, the weak, the ailing, in a word the less desirable, alone possess some chance of escaping the carnage, for over twelve months a sort of monstrous inverse selection has been in operation, one which seems to be deliberately seeking the downfall of the human race. – The Wrack of the Storm by Maurice Maeterlinck
  20. An order is contingent, and seems so, in relation to the inverse order, as verse is contingent in relation to prose and prose in relation to verse. – Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson