Definitions for: Reversion

[n] a failure to maintain a higher state
[n] returning to a former state
[n] turning in the opposite direction
[n] a reappearance of an earlier characteristic
[n] a return to a normal phenotype (usually resulting from a second mutation)
[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)

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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

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