A reversal is a change of decision or direction, often to the opposite. You liked history, but thought you'd major in business because there were more jobs. Then you took an economics class and hated it. So in a reversal, you majored in history after all.

In legal terms, a reversal is when a high court decides the decision of a lower court is incorrect and should be overturned. In a reversal, the Supreme Court overturned the guilty verdict of the lower court, and the prisoner was set free. A setback or a change in circumstances for the worse is also a reversal. If you make poor investments, you may suffer a reversal in fortune and go from shopping for designer clothes to shopping at thrift stores.

Definitions of reversal
  1. noun
    the act of reversing the order or place of
    synonyms: transposition
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    type of:
    a rearrangement in a different order
  2. noun
    turning in the opposite direction
    synonyms: reverse, reversion, turnabout, turnaround
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    about turn, about-face
    act of pivoting 180 degrees, especially in a military formation
    complete reversal of direction of travel
    type of:
    change of direction, reorientation
    the act of changing the direction in which something is oriented
  3. noun
    turning in an opposite direction or position
    “the reversal of the image in the lens”
    synonyms: turn around
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    type of:
    turn, turning
    a movement in a new direction
  4. noun
    a change from one state to the opposite state
    “there was a reversal of autonomic function”
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    regress, regression, retrogression, retroversion, reversion
    returning to a former state
    type of:
    change of state
    the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics
  5. noun
    a major change in attitude or principle or point of view
    synonyms: about-face, policy change, volte-face
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    an act that makes a previous act of no effect (as if not done)
    type of:
    the action of changing something
  6. noun
    a decision to reverse an earlier decision
    synonyms: change of mind, flip-flop, turnabout, turnaround
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    afterthought, reconsideration, rethink, second thought
    thinking again about a choice previously made
    type of:
    deciding, decision making
    the cognitive process of reaching a decision
  7. noun
    a judgment by a higher court that the judgment of a lower court was incorrect and should be set aside
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    a judgment by a higher court that the judgment of a lower court was correct and should stand
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    judgement, judgment, judicial decision
    (law) the determination by a court of competent jurisdiction on matters submitted to it
  8. noun
    an unfortunate happening that hinders or impedes; something that is thwarting or frustrating
    synonyms: black eye, blow, reverse, setback
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    a serious or devastating setback
    a minor or temporary error or setback
    type of:
    happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent
    an event that happens
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