Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Causing or tending to cause reversal.
- Reverting; tending toward reversion; specifically, in biology, returning or tending to return to an ancestral or original type; reversionary; atavic.
- adj. linguistics Designating the reversion of an action.
- adj. tending to be turned back
“It was rather hard on humanity, and rather reversive of Providence, that all this care and pains should be lavished on cats and dogs, while little morsels of flesh and blood, ragged, hungry, and immortal, wandered up and down the streets.”
“It included a letter from Loring, and there was another reversive upheaval for the exile.”
“Until you have done this let men fend for themselves in rough outsides a little longer; except, perhaps, as wise, able women whom the trying transition time calls forth may find fit way and place for effort and protest -- there is always room for that, and noble work has been and is being done; but do not rear a new generation of women to expect and desire charges and responsibilities reversive of their own life-law, through whose perfect fulfillment alone may the future clean place be made for all to work in.”
“Bomis I reversive slackened at the speeches of the Avocat-general, COOSENING who sets up the odious ostentationes of the nobility and clergy against the strages and d’avesnes of the exasperate; I should la”
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