obverse definition

  • adjective:
    • Facing or turned toward the observer: the obverse side of a statue.
    • Serving as a counterpart or complement.
    • Turned or facing toward the observer.
    • Corresponding; complementary.
    • Having the base, or end next the accessory, narrower than the top, as a leaf.
  • noun:
    • the medial side of a coin, medal, or badge that bears the principal stamp or design.
    • The more conspicuous of two possible options, cases, or edges: the obverse for this issue.
    • Logic The counterpart of a proposition obtained by trading the affirmative when it comes to negative top-notch the entire proposition then negating the predicate: The obverse of "Every act is foreseeable” is "No work is volatile.”
    • The heads part of a coin, and/or side of a medal or badge with the main design.
    • The double negative of a statement e.g. All guys are mortal => No man is immortal
    • the facial skin of a coin that has the main picture or inscription upon it; -- the other side becoming the reverse.
    • Everything necessarily tangled up in, or answering to, another; the more evident or conspicuous of two possible edges, or of two matching things.
    • In numismatics, the face area or major side of a coin or medal, as distinguished through the other side, called the opposite. See numismatics, and slices under maravedi, medallion, and merk.
    • Hence another facet of the same fact; a correlative idea identically implying another.
    • Specifically, in reasoning, the contranominal for the inverse of a proposition.
    • the greater amount of conspicuous of two options or situations or edges
    • the medial side of a coin or medal bearing the principal stamp or design
  • others:
    • Turned toward (one); dealing with: in opposition to reverse, and applied in numismatics to that side of a coin or medal which bears the top or higher important inscription or product.
    • In botany, obtaining the base narrower than the top, as a leaf.

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