obverse[äb vʉrs′, əb-; also, and for n. always, äb′vʉrs′]
- turned toward the observer
- narrower at the base than at the top: an obverse leaf
- forming a counterpart
Origin of obverseClassical Latin obversus, past participle of obvertere, to turn toward ; from ob- (see ob-) + vertere, to turn: see verse
- the side, as of a coin or medal, bearing the main design and the date
- the front or main surface of anything
- a counterpart
- Logic the negative counterpart of an affirmative proposition, or the affirmative counterpart of a negative: “no one is infallible” is the obverse of “everyone is fallible”
- Facing or turned toward the observer: the obverse side of a statue.
- Serving as a counterpart or complement.
- The side of a coin, medal, or badge that bears the principal stamp or design.
- The more conspicuous of two possible alternatives, cases, or sides: the obverse of this issue.
- Logic The counterpart of a proposition obtained by exchanging the affirmative for the negative quality of the whole proposition and then negating the predicate: The obverse of “Every act is predictable” is “No act is unpredictable.”
Origin of obverseLatin obversus, past participle of obvertere, to turn toward; see obvert.
obverse (top) and reverse (bottom) of a Polish zloty coin
- Turned or facing toward the observer.
- The obverse side of the gravestone has the inscription.
- Corresponding; complementary.
- When you speak clearly, people understand you. If you don't mumble, the obverse effect is observed.
- (botany) Having the base, or end next to the attachment, narrower than the top.
- an obverse leaf