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  • Some species are hurt by global warming; while for others the inverse is true.
  • a term is in inverse proportion to another term if it increases (or decreases) as the other decreases (or increases)
  • She tends to do things in their inverse order of importance.
  • when the direct approach failed he tried the inverse

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  • There is, it seems, an inverse relationship between the passions expressed in judicial writings and the import of the cases that inspire them.
    David Von Drehle  --  Time, "The Incredibly Shrinking Court", 10/11/07
  • The Count went for the quick kill, the inverse Bonetti.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • Black birds pierce the sky like inverse stars.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • Out in the forsaken city, every other structure, it seems, is burning or collapsing, but here in front of him is the inverse in miniature: the city remains, but the house he occupies is gone.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Their English skills were in inverse proportion to their ages.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Its value and its civilization are in inverse ratio to that extortion.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead

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  • On the near side, the seawall makes an elbow crooked inversely, and its end too has a lighthouse.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Sure enough, their clothes were inverse colors.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • They used I know not what desires to give point to the same wrath in inverse sense.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Thoughts of home grew stronger the nearer he approached it—far stronger, as though this feeling of his was subject to the law by which the force of attraction is in inverse proportion to the square of the distance.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The other is its inverse-identical to matter in all respects except that the charges of its particles are reversed.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Surveying the room, Cedric decides to display his mastery and answers a question about inverse trigonometric functions.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • And one way was being frightened of being far away from a place I was used to, and the other was being frightened of being near where Father lived, and they were in inverse proportion to one another, so that the total fear remained a constant as I got further away from home and further away from Father like this….
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • Because attraction between agent(s) and reagent(s) at all instants varied, with inverse proportion of increase and decrease, with incessant circular extension and radial reentrance.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • It looked as though the time spans of scientific truths are an inverse function of the intensity of scientific effort.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Meanwhile, as though in inverse ratio to the vanishing voice, the invoked ghost of the man whom she could neither forgive nor revenge herself upon began to assume a quality almost of solidity, permanence.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • I’ll admit, he has one of the best builds this side of the Mr. Olympia contest, but that body is in inverse proportion to his brain.
    Chris Crutcher  --  Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
  • The significance of Critical-Utopian Socialism and Communism bears an inverse relation to historical development.
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • Only in this way can our basically two-party nation avoid the pitfalls of multiple splinter parties, whose purity and rigidity of principle, I might add—if I may suggest a sort of Gresham’s Law of politics—increase inversely with the size of their membership.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • "There is one bright spot there at the back, at the beginning of life, and afterwards all becomes blacker and blacker and proceeds more and more rapidly — in inverse ration to the square of the distance from death," thought Ivan Ilych.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  The Death of Ivan Ilych
  • The feelings of husband and wife varied, in some measure, inversely with their positions.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • It was not very long since, from the idea that she was an excellent creature, comparable to the best women that he had known, he had passed to that of her being ’kept’; and yet already, by an inverse process, he had returned from the Odette de Crecy, perhaps too well known to the holiday-makers, to the ’ladies’ men’ of Nice and Baden, to this face, the expression on which was so often gentle, to this nature so eminently human.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • One story described it as the inverse of the sky—a huge, hollow, upside-down dome of rock.
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • He went on, growing more and more relaxed, his ease the inverse function of their tightening stomachs.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Culturologists state a "law" of religious freedom which they say is invariant: Religious freedom in a cultural complex is inversely proportional to the strength of the strongest religion.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • The peculiar freedom of Mahtoree’s religious creed has been more than once intimated, and by a singular species of contradiction, he appeared to have lavished his attentions on this emblem of a supernatural agency, in a degree that was precisely inverse to his faith.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • But the strength of the donkey mind lies in adopting a course inversely as the arguments urged, which, well considered, requires as great a mental force as the direct sequence; and the present donkey proved the first-rate order of his intelligence by coming to a dead standstill just when the blows were thickest.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • Thus, if the increase of the population of the lesser country be to that of the greater in an exact inverse ratio of the proportion between the new and the old numbers of all the representatives, the number of the representatives of Virginia will remain stationary; and if the increase of the Virginian population be to that of the whole Union in a feeblerratio than the new number of the representatives of the Union to the old number, the number of the representatives of Virginia must…
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Engraved upon the electrifying height and mass of the rock were inverse wells, steeples, and gleaming towers that echoed thunder and spun lightning like wool.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • There has been a haze, a backup problem in this Chautauqua so far; I talked about caring the first day and then realized I couldn’t say anything meaningful about caring until its inverse side, Quality, is understood.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • "And the inverse," she said, drawing again on her palm, "is the chalice, which represents the feminine."
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • When one has this feeling then he also sees the inverse side of caring, Quality itself.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • It was an inverse ratio in Scarret’s calculations: every filthy adjective thrown at Dominique created sympathy for Wynand in the reader’s mind; this fed Scarret’s smear talent.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • It is in vain that mirrors are banished from the convent, women are conscious of their faces; now, girls who are conscious of their beauty do not easily become nuns; the vocation being voluntary in inverse proportion to their good looks, more is to be hoped from the ugly than from the pretty.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The proportion of freedom to inevitability decreases and increases according to the point of view from which the action is regarded, but their relation is always one of inverse proportion.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • There is a certain degree and tone of light which tends to disturb the equilibrium of the senses, and to promote dangerously the tenderer moods; added to movement, it drives the emotions to rankness, the reason becoming sleepy and unperceiving in inverse proportion; and this light fell now upon these two from the disc of the moon.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Werner thinks of his childhood, the skeins of coal dust suspended in the air on winter mornings, settling on windowsills, in the children’s ears, in their lungs, except down here in this hole, the white dust is the inverse, as if he is trapped in some deep mine that is the same but also the opposite of the one that killed his father.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • And meanwhile, the very next morning after the battle, the French army advanced of itself upon the Russians, carried forward by the force of its own momentum now seemingly increased in inverse proportion to the square of the distance from its aim.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • A whole new world was dawning on his soul: kindness accepted and repaid, devotion, mercy, indulgence, violences committed by pity on austerity, respect for persons, no more definitive condemnation, no more conviction, the possibility of a tear in the eye of the law, no one knows what justice according to God, running in inverse sense to justice according to men.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • But suddenly instead of those chances and that genius which hitherto had so consistently led him by an uninterrupted series of successes to the predestined goal, an innumerable sequence of inverse chances occur—from the cold in his head at Borodino to the sparks which set Moscow on fire, and the frosts—and instead of genius, stupidity and immeasurable baseness become evident.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • …have been almost as short as his telling about it—a very condensation of time which was the gauge of its own violence, and he telling it in that pleasant faintly forensic anecdotal manner apparently just as he remembered it, was impressed by it through detached and impersonal interest and curiosity which even fear (that once when he mentioned fear by that same inverse process of speaking of a time when he was not afraid, before he became afraid, he put it) failed to leaven very much.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • …the Rue de la Roquette, through the sewer of the Rue de Lappe; it covered the drain of the Rue des Champs-Elysees to the height of thirty-five centimetres; and, to the South, through the vent of the Seine, performing its functions in inverse sense, it penetrated the Rue Mazarine, the Rue de l’Echaude, and the Rue des Marais, where it stopped at a distance of one hundred and nine metres, a few paces distant from the house in which Racine had lived, respecting, in the seventeenth…
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
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