Definitions of reversion
  1. noun
    returning to a former state
    synonyms: regress, regression, retrogression, retroversion
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    a change from one state to the opposite state
  2. noun
    a reappearance of an earlier characteristic
    synonyms: atavism, throwback
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    recurrence, return
    happening again (especially at regular intervals)
  3. noun
    a failure to maintain a higher state
    synonyms: backsliding, lapse, lapsing, relapse, relapsing, reverting
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    habitual relapse into crime
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    an act that fails
  4. noun
    turning in the opposite direction
    synonyms: reversal, reverse, turnabout, turnaround
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    about turn, about-face
    act of pivoting 180 degrees, especially in a military formation
    complete reversal of direction of travel
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    change of direction, reorientation
    the act of changing the direction in which something is oriented
  5. noun
    (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)
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    a reversion to the state (as the ultimate owner of property) in the absence of legal heirs
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    interest, stake
    (law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something
  6. noun
    (genetics) a return to a normal phenotype (usually resulting from a second mutation)
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    chromosomal mutation, genetic mutation, mutation
    (genetics) any event that changes genetic structure; any alteration in the inherited nucleic acid sequence of the genotype of an organism
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