What Does Vice Versa Mean? | Definition & Examples
Vice versa is an adverb meaning “the other way around.”
It’s used to indicate that a statement is also true if the order is reversed. For example, in the sentence “we should be respectful of our neighbors, and vice versa,” it suggests that the statement is also true the other way around (i.e., “our neighbors should be respectful of us”).
Vice versa is a term of Latin origin (like “ad nauseam” and “et al.”), but it has been used in the English language for hundreds of years, so it doesn’t need to be italicized. It also should not be hyphenated (“vice-versa”), and the spelling “vice a versa” is incorrect.
Vice versa or visa versa
Because the term can be pronounced “vice-uh-vur-suh,” people sometimes mistakenly spell it “visa versa.” However, vice versa is the only correct spelling.
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Frequently asked questions
- What is a synonym of “vice versa”?
Some synonyms of vice versa include:
- The other way around
- How do I pronounce “vice versa”?
There are two ways to pronounce vice versa:
- As three syllables, with emphasis placed on the first and second syllables: [vice–vur-suh]. This is the most common pronunciation.
- As four syllables, with emphasis placed on the first and third syllables: [vice-uh-vur-suh].
Both pronunciations are considered acceptable, but “vice versa” is the only correct spelling.
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