- reappearance of ancestral characters that have been absent in intervening generations.
- return to an earlier or primitive type; atavism.
- the returning of an estate to the grantor or the grantor's heirs after the interest granted expires.
- an estate which so returns.
- the right of succeeding to an estate.
Origin of reversion
OTHER WORDS FROM reversionre·ver·sion·al·ly, adverbnon·re·ver·sion, noun
Words nearby reversion
How to use reversion in a sentence
You’ll note that it is a complete reversion of the week’s previously most important news item!Daily Crunch: South Korea’s parliament delays final vote on ‘anti-Google law’|Richard Dal Porto|August 25, 2021|TechCrunch
Such a reversion would be unpopular and is unlikely to be embraced by legislators with significant vaccine-hostile constituencies.
In California, a reversion to stricter containment will likely shift Newsom’s position in the recall fight.The delta variant threatens to upend the politics of the coronavirus|Philip Bump|July 8, 2021|Washington Post
AB 883 amends the Mental Health Services Act by requiring that funds subject to reversion be reallocated to the county from which the funds reverted.Sacramento Report: The Bills San Diego Agencies Want Passed|Sara Libby|April 23, 2021|Voice of San Diego
He worked extremely hard to become a neutral-ish force on that end, but the reversion he’s seen in recent years is real, and at least somewhat noticeable.Can Utah’s Wings Hold Their Own Against The Best Of The West?|Jared Dubin|April 21, 2021|FiveThirtyEight
Wars have been fought with less intensity than the reversion battles on Wikipedia.
Perhaps that name should not be felt so ruefully today, despite the reversion to authoritarian control in Egypt.
Next, perhaps an even more outrageous color will emerge, or maybe there will be a reversion back to something more natural.Tangled Up in Blue: Young Stars and Their Blue Rinses|Erin Cunningham|July 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The evidence may be difficult to pin down, but it hovers in the atmosphere, making this reversion felt in myriad ways.
The abnormality of club-foot may be pointed to as a reversion to the shape of the foot in the anthropoid apes.Man And His Ancestor|Charles Morris
Leeds had, more than twenty years before, obtained from Charles the Second a patent granting the reversion to Caermarthen.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
That sad, though glorious reversion of our riper and darker years?Ernest Linwood|Caroline Lee Hentz
A suit in Chancery was proceeding, to enable him to sell, to his father, the reversion of a portion of his estates.The Life and Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Volume I (of 2)|Florence A. Thomas Marshall
The threat of tariff war had called forth in the United States loud protests against any such reversion to economic barbarism.The Canadian Dominion|Oscar D. Skelton
British Dictionary definitions for reversion
- the return of individuals, organs, etc, to a more primitive condition or type
- the reappearance of primitive characteristics in an individual or group
- an interest in an estate that reverts to the grantor or his heirs at the end of a period, esp at the end of the life of a grantee
- an estate so reverting
- the right to succeed to such an estate