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To overthrow, invalidate, repeal, or revoke.

For example, an appeals court reverses the judgment, decree, or sentence of a lower court either by substituting its own decision or by returning the case to the lower court with instructions for a new trial.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


to revoke or set aside a judgment or a decree.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

TO REVERSE, practice. The decision of a superior court by which the judgment, sentence or decree of the inferior court is annulled.
     2. After a judgment, sentence or decree has been rendered by the court below, a writ of error may be issued from the superior to the inferior tribunal, when the record and all proceedings are sent to the supreme court on the return to the writ of error. When, on the examination of the record, the superior court gives a judgment different from the inferior court, they are said to reverse the proceeding. As to the effect of a reversal, see 9 C. & P. 513 S, C. 38 E. C. L. Rep. 201.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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I received a call from Mashreq and they have agreed to reverse the charges. I really appreciate Gulf News' help in getting the undue amount back.
But purely as a goodwill gesture, we have requested Mr Kunnath to reapply for a credit card and on the basis of the re-issuance of his card, we agree to reverse the charges which were levied.
I registered a complaint with the bank, and they said they could cancel the policy but refused to reverse the charges, as it is a condition in their policy that the outstanding payment should be settled before generating a monthly statement.
The bank has been in contact with Mr Ali via email, and explained that as the insurance policy and interest fees on the total outstanding were clearly specified on the customer's statements, FGB is unable to reverse the charges.
I am pleased with their gesture to reverse the charges and cancel the remaining charges.
Also, my sincere gratitude to the Mashreq manager who spoke with me over the phone very politely and informed me of their decision to reverse the charges.
I did call to raise a complaint, and they agreed to reverse the charges in June and July last year.