American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Facing or turned toward the observer: the obverse side of a statue.
- adj. Serving as a counterpart or complement.
- n. The side of a coin, medal, or badge that bears the principal stamp or design.
- n. The more conspicuous of two possible alternatives, cases, or sides: the obverse of this issue.
- n. Logic The counterpart of a proposition obtained by exchanging the affirmative for the negative quality of the whole proposition and then negating the predicate: The obverse of "Every act is predictable” is "No act is unpredictable.”
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Turned toward (one); facing: opposed to reverse, and applied in numismatics to that side of a coin or medal which bears the head or more important inscription or device.
- In botany, having the base narrower than the top, as a leaf.
- n. In numismatics, the face or principal side of a coin or medal, as distinguished from the other side, called the reverse. See numismatics, and cuts under maravedi, medallion, and merk.
- n. Hence A second aspect of the same fact; a correlative proposition identically implying another.
- n. Specifically, in logic, the contranominal of the inverse of a proposition.
- adj. Turned or facing toward the observer.
- adj. Corresponding; complementary.
- n. The heads side of a coin, or the side of a medal or badge that has the principal design.
- n. logic The double negative of a statement e.g. All men are mortal => No man is immortal
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having the base, or end next the attachment, narrower than the top, as a leaf.
- n. The face of a coin which has the principal image or inscription upon it; -- the other side being the
- n. Anything necessarily involved in, or answering to, another; the more apparent or conspicuous of two possible sides, or of two corresponding things.
- n. the more conspicuous of two alternatives or cases or sides
- n. the side of a coin or medal bearing the principal stamp or design
- From Latin. (Wiktionary)
- Latin obversus, past participle of obvertere, to turn toward; see obvert. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“On the obverse is a full-length representation of Liberty wearing long, flowing robes, seated on a rock, and head turned back to her right.”
“On the obverse is an image of eagles destroying a nest of snakes at the foot of a ruined tower, at the top of which is a nest of eaglets.”
“While its obverse is sharper than that of the Husak S-12, its strike and surface quality are not quite as impressive as the Husak S-12 1793 Liberty Cap. Even so, as it is so difficult to find 1793 Liberty Caps that grade Fine-15 or higher, this Very Fine grade Holmes S-12 is particularly appealing for a 1793 Liberty Cap and I would recommend it.”
“The obverse is dominated by a left-facing somewhat determined portrait of a native American chief wearing a full-feathered war bonnet.”
“The obverse is true of Vietnam, which over a longer period saw 9 million men in uniform, less than a third of the draft-eligible males in the pool, selected out largely on the basis of education or lack of it.”
“The face we call the obverse is entirely occupied by the body of a fantastic quadruped, partly chiselled in slight relief, partly engraved.”
“Longacre’s classical left-facing Liberty on the obverse is said to be modeled after an old Hellenistic sculpture, the Crouching Venus.”
“The left facing, wings outstretched in-flight eagle on the obverse is from Christian Gobrecht’s 1836 Liberty Seated obverse.”
“On the obverse was a picture of a young man in a Wehrmacht uniform; he was shot in the gut a few months into the Russian campaign.”
“On the one hand, the sovereign power to achieve the common peace and defence is the product of a positive calculation by which individuals “confer” their natural power, in exchange for the benefit of security; the obverse is the negative calculation whereby each individual limits his natural power over things in consideration of an equally tangible “fear of punishment” by the sovereign power.”
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