- 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
Related formsre·ver·sion·al·ly, adverbnon·re·ver·sion, noun
Examples from the Web for reversion
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.
It was a reversion to the old right of election, and to the precedent set in the deposition of Edward II.A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)|Samuel R. Gardiner.
In this case, with advancing age there was a great change, but no reversion to the red colour of G. bankiva.
Reversion to cannibalism under a total lack of other food ought not to be noted.Folkways|William Graham Sumner
Then as Rosalie grew older, sixteen, seventeen and getting on for eighteen, was reversion by Aunt Belle to the rectory manner.This Freedom|A. S. M. Hutchinson
Consequently his colour, as well as composition, was a reversion to a sterile past.Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning|Willard Huntington Wright
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