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converse (noun) the opposite or the reverse (of a statement, proposition, etc.).

The converse of a statement is its opposite or reverse. The harder you work, the greater are the chances of your success. The converse of this statement is, your success is the less, if your hard work is the less. Both the statement and its converse in this case are true. Not in all cases, however, is the converse true. All students are human beings; the converse of this, namely, that all human beings are students, is not true.

  • Heat causes expansion, and the converse of this statement, where there is expansion, there is heat is also correct.
  • When two lines are parallel, the distance between them at any point is the same. The converse, namely, that if a pair of straight lines have the same distance between them at any point, they are parallel, is also true.
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