One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who or thing which revives, renews, or restores something; a reviver.
Law. The process of reviving a suit or action which has been rendered void, especially by the death of one of the parties; an instance of this. Usually in "bill of revivor". Now chiefly US.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Robert Barnes (c1495–1540), religious reformer. From revive + -or<br>early 17th century (in an earlier sense). Apparently alteration of reviver (although this is first attested slightly later). For a similar phenomenon, compare some forms retainer.
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