- the act of turning something the reverse way.
- the state of being so turned; reversal.
- the act of reverting; return to a former practice, belief, condition, etc.
- 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.
- Archaic. the remains, especially of food or drink after a meal.
Origin of reversion
Related Words for reversionrotation, return, inversion, relapse, lapse, regression, atavism, throwback
Examples from the Web for reversion
Contemporary Examples of reversion
Wars have been fought with less intensity than the reversion battles on Wikipedia.You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story
October 19, 2014
Perhaps that name should not be felt so ruefully today, despite the reversion to authoritarian control in Egypt.You Say You Want to Name a Revolution?
October 5, 2014
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
July 9, 2014
The evidence may be difficult to pin down, but it hovers in the atmosphere, making this reversion felt in myriad ways.The Sexism Revival
November 19, 2008
Historical Examples of reversion
"You epitomize it beautifully," said Mr. Caryll, with a reversion to his habitual manner.The Lion's Skin
A reversion to close imperialism would be for her a retrogression.Morals of Economic Internationalism
John A. Hobson
I used the word 'atavism' to mean a reversion to the primitive.Measure for a Loner
James Judson Harmon
They are only playing each other's rôles, because the poles have swung into reversion.Fantasia of the Unconscious
D. H. Lawrence
War is neither an overflow of energy nor a reversion to primitive states.The Psychology of Nations
- a return to or towards an earlier condition, practice, or belief; act of reverting
- the act of reversing or the state of being reversed; reversal
- the return of individuals, organs, etc, to a more primitive condition or type
- the reappearance of primitive characteristics in an individual or group
- property law
- 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
- the benefit payable on the death of a life-insurance policyholder
Word Origin and History for reversion
late 14c., from Old French reversion, from Latin reversionem (nominative reversio) "act of turning back," noun of action from past participle stem of revertere (see revert).
- The return of a trait or characteristic peculiar to a remote ancestor, especially one that has been suppressed for one or more generations.
- A return to the normal phenotype, usually by a second mutation.