reversion

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Reversion \Re*ver"sion\ (r[-e]*v[~e]r"sh[u^]n), noun [F. r['e]version, L. reversio a turning back. See {Revert}.]

1. The act of returning, or coming back; return. [Obs.]

After his reversion home, [he] was spoiled, also, of all that he brought with him. --Foxe.

2. That which reverts or returns; residue. [Obs.]

The small reversion of this great navy which came home might be looked upon by religious eyes as relics. --Fuller.

3. (Law) 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. --Kent.

4. Hence, a right to future possession or enjoyment; succession.

For even reversions are all begged before. --Dryden.

5. (Annuities) 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. --Brande & C.

6. (Biol.) A return towards some ancestral type or character; atavism.

{Reversion of series} (Alg.), the act of reverting a series. See {To revert a series}, under {Revert}, verb (used with an object)

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

reversion

noun

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 [syn: {atavism}, {reversion}, {throwback}]

4: turning in the opposite direction [syn: {reversion}, {reverse}, {reversal}, {turnabout}, {turnaround}]

5: returning to a former state [syn: {regression}, {regress}, {reversion}, {retrogression}, {retroversion}]

6: a failure to maintain a higher state [syn: {backsliding}, {lapse}, {lapsing}, {relapse}, {relapsing}, {reversion}, {reverting}]


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