- a reverse in position
- when something is true even in the opposite order
- expression meaning ‘the reverse is also true’
- the wrong way round
- I do not like my sister’s new husband, and vice versa.
- I am tired of spending time with my family, and vice versa.
- Mothers infected by dengue may have babies with higher risk of severe Zika, and vice versa.
- “There are times when I’m really happy and I write something really sad, and vice versa.” — Juan Gabriel
- The engineers have just discovered a new device by the help of which are able to transfer from VHS tapes to DVDs and vice versa.
- She does not trust him, and vice versa.
The phrase comes from the 17th century Latin words “vicis” which means an alteration (but it can also mean a place or position), and “vertere” which means to turn. It is a loan word, meaning that it has been adopted from a foreign language with little to no modification.It is typically used as an adverb.
One of the earliest examples of the phrase can be found in Anthony Copley’s Ananswere to a letter of a Jesuited gentleman by his cousin, :
“… such a penance and the Arch-Priests vice-versa to be suspended and attained as Schismaticall.”