Definition of reversion in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈvərZHən/


1A return to a previous state, practice, or belief: there was some reversion to polytheism a reversion to the two-party system
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  • For larger companies, including the Rangers and Arsenal football clubs and the brewer Adnams, a reversion to the previous system is likely to have a minimal effect on investors.
  • But because Gorbachev had not yet consolidated his hold on power, or perhaps because the sheer scale of what was happening in Ukraine scared him, the Chernobyl disaster occasioned a reversion to old habits.
  • The institution of joint army/police patrols in the cities aroused mixed feelings; they may have been necessary where crime was large-scale and violent, but they were thought to symbolize a reversion to coercive practices.
1.1 Biology The action of reverting to a former or ancestral type.
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  • This may explain the sometimes rapid reversion to ancestral cell sizes.
  • When they began their new regimens, 19 of those 24 saw the virus in their blood return to undetectable levels, compared with just one of nine people who did not experience a reversion to the wild-type virus.
  • Does reversion, allowing a return to the vegetative mode after flowering, have any relevance to life-history strategy?
2 Law The right, especially of the original owner or their heirs, to possess or succeed to property on the death of the present possessor or at the end of a lease: the reversion of property
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  • For these reasons we prefer the analysis put forward in the respondent's notice to the theory of automatic reversion which the judge favoured.
  • Thirdly, do they say there was an estate in reversion created in the Crown under these statutes?
  • Until recently there seems to have been some lack of awareness of the provision for reversion, but this is probably no longer the case.
2.1A property to which someone has the right of reversion.
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  • In what follows, we are primarily concerned with disposition on sale, but it must be remembered that there are other occasions besides sale on which leases and reversions may pass to new owners.
  • Mr Shapiro accepted that the proposed underletting to Telco would cause no risk to Riverland's income stream, or to the value of Riverland's reversion, during the remainder of the term of the Lease.
  • In Lotteryking Lightman J held that the set-off operated because the assignee had succeeded to the reversion and to its annexed covenants.
2.2The right of succession to an office or post after the death or retirement of the holder: he was given a promise of the reversion of Boraston’s job
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  • Next year sees the 10th anniversary of the Treaty of Granita, when Gordon ceded the leadership to Tony, on the promise of the reversion of it within a decade.



Pronunciation: /rəˈvərZHəˌnerē/ Pronunciation: /rēˈvərZHəˌnerē/ Pronunciation: /rəˈvərSHəˌnerē/ Pronunciation: /rēˈvərSHəˌnerē/
sense 2.
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  • However, the demutualisation document sent to policyholders reveals that Scottish Life has set up a ‘supervisory committee’ which has the power to reduce or cancel the reversionary bonus.
  • Yet the original grants under which the patroons had obtained their power withstood all attempts to remove them while the rents, including back payments, remained until each leaseholder renegotiated the reversionary rights.
  • Furthermore, the effect of the works carried out as a result of the notice has been to render the Second Claimant's reversionary interest without value or viable use for agricultural or other purposes.


Late Middle English (denoting the action of returning to or from a place): from Old French, or from Latin reversio(n-), from revertere 'turn back' (see reverse).

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Syllabification: re·ver·sion

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