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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.

See: abrogate, adverse, annul, antipathetic, antipode, antithesis, cancel, complement, contra, contradict, contradictory, contraposition, contrary, counteract, counterpart, debacle, disaffirm, discharge, disown, escheat, hostile, invalidate, inverse, misfortune, negate, negative, nullify, opposite, override, overrule, overthrow, overturn, plight, quash, recant, recrudescence, regress, regressive, relapse, renege, repeal, repudiate, rescind, retreat, reversion, revert, revoke, tragedy, trouble, upset, vacate, vitiate, void, withdraw


to revoke or set aside a judgment or a decree.

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.

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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.
According to my Holyrood source, the whisky and the haggis were in plentiful supply and not once did Jack McConnell have to pick up the phone, reverse the charges and beg Bertie Ahern to bail them out with a few barrels of Guinness and some Irish Stew.
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.
At the General Election we will reverse the charges.
I am pleased with their gesture to reverse the charges and cancel the remaining charges.
If the Scotland boss has a brandy over the festive season and gets bored with the Melinda Messenger video I bought him, then maybe, just maybe, he'll find it in his heart to reverse the charges to Leeds.
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.