from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A return to a former condition, belief, or interest.
  • n. A turning away or in the opposite direction; a reversal.
  • n. Genetics A return to the normal phenotype, usually by a second mutation.
  • n. Law The return of an estate to the grantor or to the grantor's heirs or successor after the grant has expired.
  • n. Law The estate thus returned.
  • n. Law The right to succeed to an estate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The action of reverting something.
  • n. The action of returning to a former condition or practice; reversal.
  • n. The fact of being turned the reverse way.
  • n. The action of turning something the reverse way.
  • n. The return of an estate to the donor or grantor after expiry of the grant.
  • n. An estate which has been returned in this manner.
  • n. The right of succeeding to an estate, or to another possession.
  • n. The right of succeeding to an office after the death or retirement of the holder.
  • n. The return of a genetic characteristic after a period of suppression.
  • n. A sum payable on a person's death.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of returning, or coming back; return.
  • n. That which reverts or returns; residue.
  • n. The returning of an estate 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.
  • n. Hence, a right to future possession or enjoyment; succession.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A return towards some ancestral type or character; atavism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of reverting or returning to a former position, state, frame of mind, subject, etc.; return; recurrence.
  • n. In biology: Return to some ancestral type or plan; exhibition of ancestral characters; atavism; specifically, in botany, the conversion of organs proper to the summit or center of the floral axis into those which belong lower down, as stamens into petals, etc. Also reversal.
  • n. Return to the wild or feral state after domestication; exhibition of feral or natural characters after these have been artificially modified or lost.
  • n. In law: The returning of property to the grantor or his heirs, after the granted estate or term therein is ended.
  • n. Hence— The estate which remains in the grantor where he grants away an estate smaller than that which he has himself.
  • n. (See estate, 5, and remainder.) The term is also frequently, though improperly, used to include future estates in remainder.
  • n. In Scots law, a right of redeeming landed property which has been either mortgaged or adjudicated to secure the payment of a debt. In the former case the reversion is called conventional, in the latter case it is called legal. See legal.
  • n. A right or hope of future possession or enjoyment; succession.
  • n. That which reverts or returns; the remainder.
  • n. In annuities, a reversionary or deferred annuity. See annuity.
  • n. In music, same as retrograde imitation (which see, under retrograde).
  • n. In chem., a change by which phosphates (notably such as are associated with oxid of iron and alumina) which have been made soluble in water by means of oil of vitriol, become again insoluble.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French reversion (modern réversion), from Latin reversio, from revertō.



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