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: L obversus, past participle of obvertere, to turn toward from ob- (see ob-) plush 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”
- obversely adverb
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- 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: Latin obversus, past participle of obvertere, to turn toward; see obvert.
- ob·verseˈly adverb