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Reversion Definition

Noun: reversion  ri'vur-zhun or ri'vur-shun

  1. (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)
  2. (genetics) a return to a normal phenotype (usually resulting from a second mutation)
  3. A reappearance of an earlier characteristic
    - atavism, throwback
  4. Turning in the opposite direction
    - reverse, reversal, turnabout [N. Amer], turnaround
  5. A return to an earlier state
    - regression, regress, retrogression, retroversion
  6. A failure to maintain a higher state
    - backsliding, lapse, lapsing, relapse, relapsing, reverting