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I think the quote by Plato is a very interesting one, but not the best one when someone is trying to explain the meaning of the word. Can anyone come up with a simpler, clearer quote or phrase?


Is it a misuse of this word to use it as a synonym for "however" or "on the other hand"? E.g., "I like most candy; conversely, I don't like black licorice" or "I pride myself on being punctual; conversely, I was late for work today." Tisane 05:54, 4 April 2010 (UTC)

I think it is still an error, though I have not examined usage systematically. It seems to be a mis-extension of the "however" that often is implicit in the strict use of "conversely". I suspect that it is a fairly common error and may lead to "however" becoming another accepted meaning of "conversely". DCDuring TALK 11:13, 4 April 2010 (UTC)