What does reversion mean?

Definitions for reversion
rɪˈvɜr ʒən, -ʃənre·ver·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. reversionnoun

    (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. reversionnoun

    (genetics) a return to a normal phenotype (usually resulting from a second mutation)

  3. atavism, reversion, throwbacknoun

    a reappearance of an earlier characteristic

  4. reversion, reverse, reversal, turnabout, turnaroundnoun

    turning in the opposite direction

  5. regression, regress, reversion, retrogression, retroversionnoun

    returning to a former state

  6. backsliding, lapse, lapsing, relapse, relapsing, reversion, revertingnoun

    a failure to maintain a higher state


  1. reversionnoun

    The action of reverting something.

  2. reversionnoun

    The action of returning to a former condition or practice; reversal.

  3. reversionnoun

    The fact of being turned the reverse way.

  4. reversionnoun

    The action of turning something the reverse way.

  5. reversionnoun

    The return of an estate to the donor or grantor after expiry of the grant.

  6. reversionnoun

    An estate which has been returned in this manner.

  7. reversionnoun

    The right of succeeding to an estate, or to another possession.

  8. reversionnoun

    The right of succeeding to an office after the death or retirement of the holder.

  9. reversionnoun

    The return of a genetic characteristic after a period of suppression.

  10. reversionnoun

    A sum payable on a person's death.

  11. Etymology: From reversion (modern réversion), from reversio, from reverto.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Reversionnoun

    Etymology: reversion, Fr. from reverse.

    As were our England in reversion his,
    And he our subjects next degree in hope. William Shakespeare, Rich. II.

    A life in reversion is not half so valuable, as that which may at present be entered on. Henry Hammond, Fundamentals.

    He was very old, and had out-lived most of his friends; many persons of quality being dead, who had, for recompence of services, procured the reversion of his office. Claren.

    Upon what ground can a man promise himself a future repentance, who cannot promise himself a futurity? whose life depends upon his breath, and is so restrained to the present, that it cannot secure to itself the reversion of the very next minute. Robert South, Sermons.

    So many candidates there stand for wit,
    A place at court is scarce so hard to get:
    In vain they croud each other at the door;
    For e’en reversions are all begg’d before. Dryden.


  1. reversion

    Reversion is the act or process of returning to a previous state or condition, typically a less advanced or less developed one. It can also refer to the right to possess something after a particular event or period, especially after the death of the current owner or at the end of a lease. In genetics, it can mean the return of a mutated gene to its original state. In finance, reversion is a theory that the price or the rate of return will move back towards the mean or average over time.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reversionnoun

    the act of returning, or coming back; return

  2. Reversionnoun

    that which reverts or returns; residue

  3. Reversionnoun

    the returning of an esttate 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

  4. Reversionnoun

    hence, a right to future possession or enjoiment; succession

  5. Reversionnoun

    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

  6. Reversionnoun

    a return towards some ancestral type or character; atavism

  7. Etymology: [F. rversion, L. reversio a turning back. See Revert.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reversion in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reversion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of reversion in a Sentence

  1. Ashwin Alankar:

    China has been a dog over the last two years relative to the rest of the world, so we're starting to see some reversion to the mean.

  2. Dejan Ilijevski:

    Technical and fundamental analysis is usually useless as a trading edge,[...] Mindless strategies like mean reversion work until they don't and you suffer a blowout. Fundamentals are priced in. And no one can predict tomorrow's news.

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