reversion

noun
re·​ver·​sion | \ ri-ˈvər-zhən How to pronounce reversion (audio) , -shən \

Definition of reversion

1a : 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 : the right of succession or future possession or enjoyment
3a : 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 : an act or instance of turning the opposite way : the state of being so turned
5 : a product of reversion specifically : an organism with an atavistic character : throwback

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Examples of reversion in a Sentence

His photos document the land's reversion to swamp. the reversion of the estate
Recent Examples on the Web The Sandman will require no such dramatic reversion to form. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Aug. 2022 Because the virus is killed, there is no chance of mutation causing a reversion to the original pathogenic form and causing disease. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 28 June 2022 Weakness has held its 200-week simple moving average or reversion to the mean at $64.36. Richard Henry Suttmeier, Forbes, 26 May 2022 Meanwhile, a resurgence in COVID-19 infections in Europe, the U.S. and parts of Asia is also looming, bringing the threat of a reversion to pandemic precautions. Elisabeth Buchwald, USA TODAY, 5 July 2022 Meanwhile, a resurgence in COVID-19 infections is also looming, bringing the threat of a reversion to pandemic precautions. CBS News, 5 July 2022 Big Spanish producers want a film-TV regulatory revolution tabled by Spain’s government: Rights reversion on productions made with streamers after five years; an increase from 25% to 45% of Spain’s current tax shelter for independent producers. John Hopewell, Variety, 27 June 2022 The stock held its 200-week simple moving average or ‘reversion to the mean’ at $70.80. Richard Henry Suttmeier, Forbes, 26 May 2022 But the playfulness of dressing up as others starts to feel a little manic, and the recent reversion to painted self-portraits, a product of pandemic isolation, though ostensibly more calming, also suggests an underlying desperation. Washington Post, 18 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of reversion

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for reversion

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

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17 Aug 2022

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“Reversion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reversion. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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reversion

noun
re·​ver·​sion | \ ri-ˈvər-zhən, -shən How to pronounce reversion (audio) \

Medical Definition of reversion

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 : a product of reversion specifically : an organism with an atavistic character

reversion

noun
re·​ver·​sion | \ ri-ˈvər-zhən How to pronounce reversion (audio) \

Legal Definition of reversion

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

Other Words from reversion

reversionary \ -​zhə-​ˌner-​ē How to pronounce reversion (audio) \ adjective

History and Etymology for reversion

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

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