converse antonym

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converse antonym (plural converse antonyms)

  1. (linguistics, philosophy, semantics) Either of a pair of terms that name or describe a single relationship from opposite perspectives, such as parent versus child.
    • 2010, M. Lynne Murphy, Lexical Meaning[1], page 120:
      Converse antonyms describe the same relation or activity from different perspectives, and follow patterns like: if X is p to Y, then Y is q to X. [...]
      a. Bill is Madeline's parent. → Madeline is Bill's child.
      b. John gives to Oxfam. → Oxfam receives from John.
      c. Scotland is above England. → England is below Scotland.

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