Converse definition

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Something that has been reversed; an opposite.
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A thing related in a converse way; the opposite.
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Informal talk; conversation.
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(obs.) Social interaction.
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(logic) A proposition obtained by conversion.
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The opposite or reverse.
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The definition of converse is reversed in order or position.

An example of converse is a car driving south on the northward side of the road.

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Converse means to talk with others.

An example of converse is to chat with a friend on the phone.

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Opposite; reversed in order or relation; reciprocal.

A converse proposition.

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(obs.) To consort; interact socially.
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Reversed, as in position, order, or action; contrary.
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(logic) A proposition obtained by conversion.
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Reversed in position, order, action, etc.; opposite; contrary; turned about.
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(formal, intransitive) To talk; to engage in conversation.
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To keep company; to hold intimate intercourse; to commune; followed by with.
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​(now literary) Familiar discourse; free interchange of thoughts or views; conversation; chat.
  • 1728, Edward Young, Love of Fame, the Universal Passion, Satire V, On Women, lines 44-46.
    Twice ere the sun descends, with zeal inspir'd, / From the vain converse of the world retir'd, / She reads the psalms and chapters for the day [...].
  • 1919, Saki, ‘The Disappearance of Crispina Umerleigh’, The Toys of Peace, Penguin 2000 (Complete Short Stories), p. 405.
    In a first-class carriage of a train speeding Balkanward across the flat, green Hungarian plain, two Britons sat in friendly, fitful converse.
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(logic) Of a proposition or theorem of the form: given that "If A is true, then B is true", then "If B is true, then A is true."equivalently: given that "All Xs are Ys", then "All Ys are Xs".

All trees are plants, but the converse, that all plants are trees, is not true.

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To hold a conversation; talk.
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To engage in an exchange of thoughts and feelings by means of speech or sign language.
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(archaic) To interact socially with others; associate.
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An interchange of thoughts and feelings by means of speech or sign language; conversation.
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Social interaction.
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Origin of converse

  • Middle English conversen to associate with from Old French converser from Latin conversārī com- com- versārī to occupy oneself wer-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin conversus past participle of convertere to turn around convert

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin conversus (“turned around”), past participle of converto (“turn about”)

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old French converser, from Latin conversare (“live, have dealings with”)

    From Wiktionary