# Definitions and Synonyms of *inverse* | Another word for *inverse* | What is *inverse? *

*Definition 1: something inverted in sequence or character or effect - [noun denoting linkdef]*

*Samples where inverse or its synonyms are used according to this definition*

*when the direct approach failed he tried the inverse*

*Synonyms for inverse in the sense of this definition*

*(**inverse* is a kind of ...) the relation between opposed entities

*inverse*is a kind of ...) the relation between opposed entities

*(... is a kind of **inverse* ) (mathematics) one of a pair of numbers whose sum is zero; the additive inverse of -5 is +5

*inverse*) (mathematics) one of a pair of numbers whose sum is zero; the additive inverse of -5 is +5

*(... is a kind of **inverse* ) (mathematics) one of a pair of numbers whose product is 1: the reciprocal of 2/3 is 3/2; the multiplicative inverse of 7 is 1/7

*inverse*) (mathematics) one of a pair of numbers whose product is 1: the reciprocal of 2/3 is 3/2; the multiplicative inverse of 7 is 1/7

*Definition 2: opposite in nature or effect or relation to another quantity - [adjective denoting all]*

*Samples where inverse or its synonyms are used according to this definition*

*a term is in inverse proportion to another term if it increases (or decreases) as the other decreases (or increases)*

*(**inverse* is similar to ...) of or relating to the multiplicative inverse of a quantity or function

*inverse*is similar to ...) of or relating to the multiplicative inverse of a quantity or function

*"the reciprocal ratio of a:b is b:a"*