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 If that was intended to promote efficiency, the goal was undermined by some of Snyder’s questioning — including a whole sequence on apparently marginal things the parties could easily have stipulated to: Are reversions important? Jonathan Handel, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Walking Dead' Trial: Ken Ziffren Testifies, Feisty Standoff Ensues," 10 Feb. 2020 For individuals a good predictor of high income growth in future is being poor, and vice versa, owing to the statistical phenomenon known as reversion to the mean. The Economist, "Economists are rethinking the numbers on inequality," 28 Nov. 2019 As such, Sly and the Family Stone songs from 1968 would be eligible for reversion beginning in 2024. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "Sly Stone Sells US Publishing Catalog to Michael Jackson Estate," 4 Nov. 2019 This deal represents the acquisition of the reversion/termination rights, which means that MIJAC will own the majority interest in the publishing to the songs for the life of copyright. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "Sly Stone Sells US Publishing Catalog to Michael Jackson Estate," 4 Nov. 2019 And now, the tensions with China, which hopefully don’t turn in a war, have kind of brought about a reversion. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "Playwright David Henry Hwang on Flipping a Flawed Musical on Its Head in Soft Power," 25 Oct. 2019 In fact, from Mr Kim’s narrow perspective, the failed summitry and reversion to sabre-rattling could be considered a great success. The Economist, "Beware North Korea’s petulance and propaganda," 24 Oct. 2019 When the inevitable reversion of real house prices to their trend growth path occurs, low-income and minority home buyers will again be subjected to more volatility, greater loss of equity, and higher rates of loan default. Edward Pinto, WSJ, "How HUD Can Help the Housing Market," 16 Aug. 2018 Ben’s break-neck reversion to his former and meeker personality — even though his present success and newfound attractiveness should have endowed him with enough confidence to return as the opposite — is another good example. Clarkisha Kent, EW.com, "Childhood trauma is the true villain of It Chapter Two," 8 Sep. 2019

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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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26 Feb 2020

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“Reversion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reversion. Accessed 31 Mar. 2020.

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reversion

noun
How to pronounce reversion (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of reversion

technical + formal : 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

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 reversionary (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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