- 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.
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Origin of reversion
OTHER WORDS FROM reversionre·ver·sion·al·ly, adverbnon·re·ver·sion, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for reversion
The unanswered question is whether this is a novelty or the beginning of a broad trend, whether in the future we’ll see a reversion to institutions or more widespread interest in going solo.
Indeed, a reversion to something like ancestral behavior from before cells figured out how to work together may emerge in cancers — where cells adopt a potentially lethal mode of organizing themselves that sets proliferation ahead of cooperation.
More likely, mean reversion has just begun, and it has a long way to go.Big Tech is suffering from ‘mean reversion.’ And the downdraft isn’t over yet|Shawn Tully|September 26, 2020|Fortune
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