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English noun: reversion

1. reversion (possession) (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)


Broader (hypernym)interest, stake


Narrower (hyponym)escheat


Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

2. reversion (event) (genetics) a return to a normal phenotype (usually resulting from a second mutation)


Broader (hypernym)chromosomal mutation, genetic mutation, mutation


Domain categorygenetic science, genetics

3. reversion (event) a reappearance of an earlier characteristic


Synonymsatavism, throwback


Broader (hypernym)recurrence, return

4. reversion (act) turning in the opposite direction


Synonymsreversal, reverse, turnabout, turnaround


Broader (hypernym)change of direction, reorientation


Narrower (hyponym)about turn, about-face, u-turn

5. reversion (act) returning to a former state


Synonymsregress, regression, retrogression, retroversion


Broader (hypernym)reversal

6. reversion (act) a failure to maintain a higher state


Synonymsbacksliding, lapse, lapsing, relapse, relapsing, reverting


Broader (hypernym)failure


Narrower (hyponym)recidivism









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