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missing link

n.
1. A hypothetical primate that is postulated to be the common ancestor from which both humans and nonhuman apes evolved. Not in scientific use.
2. Something lacking that is needed to complete a series.

missing link

n
1. (Palaeontology) the missing link (sometimes capitals) a hypothetical extinct animal or animal group, formerly thought to be intermediate between the anthropoid apes and man
2. any missing section or part in an otherwise complete series

miss′ing link′


n.
1. a hypothetical form of animal assumed to have been a connecting link between the anthropoid apes and humans.
2. anything lacking for the completion of a sequence.
[1860–65]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.missing link - hypothetical organism formerly thought to be intermediate between apes and human beingsmissing link - hypothetical organism formerly thought to be intermediate between apes and human beings
primitive, primitive person - a person who belongs to an early stage of civilization
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missing link

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There are missing links in the evidence, as I left it, which Gabriel Betteredge can supply, and to Gabriel Betteredge I go
I only require a few missing links to have an entirely connected case.
This chance of the picture has supplied us with one of our most obvious missing links.
Only now, at the end of nearly ten years, am I allowed to supply those missing links which make up the whole of that remarkable chain.
They supplied the missing link in the evidence for the defense.
Next he touched upon the Indians, and upon the extraordinary colony of anthropoid apes, which might be looked upon as an advance upon the pithecanthropus of Java, and as coming therefore nearer than any known form to that hypothetical creation, the missing link.
Talking of missing links, what about that mother who bought PS300 worth of cocaine as a birthday present for her daughter's 18th.
The two missing links that the city must take over are buildings located at 37 Wall Street and 43 Exchange Place, both of which are leased to JP Morgan yet owned by a private family.

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