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reversion

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noun re·ver·sion \ri-ˈvər-zhən, -shən\

Simple Definition of reversion

  • : an act or process of returning to an earlier condition or state

  • law : the returning of property to a former owner or to a person who received the right to it when the former owner died

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of reversion

  1. 1 a :  the part of a simple estate remaining in the control of its owner after the owner has granted therefrom a lesser particular estate b :  a future interest in property left in the control of a grantor or the grantor's successor

  2. 2 :  the right of succession or future possession or enjoyment

  3. 3 a :  an act or the process of returning (as to a former condition) b :  a return toward an ancestral type or condition :  reappearance of an ancestral character

  4. 4 :  an act or instance of turning the opposite way :  the state of being so turned

  5. 5 :  a product of reversion; specifically :  an organism with an atavistic character :  throwback

Examples of reversion in a sentence

  1. His photos document the land's reversion to swamp.

  2. the reversion of the estate



Origin of reversion

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin reversion-, reversio act of returning, from revertere


First Known Use: 15th century


Medical Dictionary

reversion

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noun re·ver·sion \ri-ˈvər-zhən, -shən\

Medical Definition of reversion

  1. 1a:  an act or the process of returning (as to a former condition)b:  a return toward an ancestral type or condition :  reappearance of an ancestral character

  2. 2:  a product of reversion; specifically :  an organism with an atavistic character




Law Dictionary

reversion

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noun re·ver·sion \ri-ˈvər-zhən\

Legal Definition of reversion

  1. 1 :  the returning of an estate upon its termination to the former owner or to his or her successor in interest

  2. 2a :  the present vested interest in the residue of an estate that remains in its owner after the grant therefrom of a lesser estate (as a life estate) and that will commence in possession by operation of law upon termination of the lesser estate b :  the future interest in property left in a grantor or his or her successor in interest that is not subject to a condition precedent — compare possibility of reverter, remainder

reversionary \-zhə-ˌner-ē\ play adjective


Origin of reversion

Anglo-French, from Middle French, from Latin reversio act of turning back, from revertere to turn back



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