- atavistic ► ADJECTIVE ▪ returning to something ancient or ancestral.DERIVATIVES atavism noun atavistically adverb.ORIGIN from Latin atavus 'forefather' .
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atavistic — adj. 1. 1 displaying characteristics of a previous cultural era or of a previous ancestral form; displaying atavism Syn: atavic, throwback(prenominal) [WordNet 1.5] || … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
atavistic — index genetic, regressive Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
atavistic — pertaining to atavism, 1847; see ATAVISM (Cf. atavism) + IC (Cf. ic) … Etymology dictionary
atavistic — reversionary (see under REVERSION) … New Dictionary of Synonyms
atavistic — adjective /æt.əˈvɪs.tɪk/ a) of the recurrence of a trait reappearing after an absence of one or more generations due to a chance recombination of genes. Although the heterozygote gives it an atavistic appearance, the gene is not atavistic. b) of… … Wiktionary
atavistic — [[t]æ̱təvɪ̱stɪk[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Atavistic feelings or behaviour seem to be very primitive, like the feelings or behaviour of our earliest ancestors. [FORMAL] ...an atavistic fear of thunder and lightning. Syn: primordial … English dictionary
atavistic — at|a|vis|tic [ˌætəˈvıstık] adj formal [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: atavism being like ancestors (19 21 centuries), from French atavisme, from Latin atavus ancestor ] atavistic feelings are very basic human feelings that people have felt since humans … Dictionary of contemporary English
atavistic — adjective formal atavistic feelings are very basic human feelings, that people have felt since humans have existed … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
atavistic — adjective see atavism … New Collegiate Dictionary
atavistic — atavistically, adv. /at euh vis tik/, adj. of, pertaining to, or characterized by atavism; reverting to or suggesting the characteristics of a remote ancestor or primitive type. [1870 75; ATAV(ISM) + ISTIC] * * * … Universalium