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Meaning of REVERSION

Pronunciation:  ri'vurzhun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a failure to maintain a higher state
  2. [n]  returning to a former state
  3. [n]  turning in the opposite direction
  4. [n]  a reappearance of an earlier characteristic
  5. [n]  a return to a normal phenotype (usually resulting from a second mutation)
  6. [n]  (law) an interest in an estate that reverts to the grantor (or his heirs) at the end of some period (e.g., the death of the grantee)

REVERSION is a 9 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: atavism, backsliding, lapse, lapsing, regress, regression, relapse, relapsing, retrogression, retroversion, reverse, reverting, throwback, turnabout, turnaround
 See Also: about turn, about-face, change of direction, chromosomal mutation, escheat, failure, genetic mutation, interest, mutation, recidivism, recurrence, reorientation, return, reversal, stake, u-turn



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Re*ver"sion\, n. [F. r['e]version, L. reversio a
turning back. See {Revert}.]
1. The act of returning, or coming back; return. [Obs.]

         After his reversion home, [he] was spoiled, also, of
         all that he brought with him.         --Foxe.

2. That which reverts or returns; residue. [Obs.]

         The small reversion of this great navy which came
         home might be looked upon by religious eyes as
         relics.                               --Fuller.

3. (Law) The returning of an esttate to the grantor or his
   heirs, by operation of law, after the grant has
   terminated; hence, the residue of an estate left in the
   proprietor or owner thereof, to take effect in possession,
   by operation of law, after the termination of a limited or
   less estate carved out of it and conveyed by him. --Kent.

4. Hence, a right to future possession or enjoiment;

         For even reversions are all begged before. --Dryden.

5. (Annuities) A payment which is not to be received, or a
   benefit which does not begin, until the happening of some
   event, as the death of a living person. --Brande &C.

6. (Biol.) A return towards some ancestral type or character;

{Reversion of series} (Alg.), the act of reverting a series.
   See {To revert a series}, under {Revert}, v. t.