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at·a·vism

 (ăt′ə-vĭz′əm)
n.
1. The reappearance of a characteristic in an organism after several generations of absence.
2. An individual or a part that exhibits atavism. Also called throwback.
3. The return of a trait or recurrence of previous behavior after a period of absence.

[French atavisme, from Latin atavus, ancestor : atta, father + avus, grandfather; see awo- in Indo-European roots.]

at′a·vist n.
at′a·vis′tic adj.
at′a·vis′ti·cal·ly adv.
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atavistic

(ˌætəˈvɪstɪk)
adj
of or relating to atavism
ˌataˈvistically adv
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at·a·vis·tic

(ăt′ə-vĭs′tĭk)
Reappearing after being absent from a strain of organism for several generations. Used of an inherited trait.

atavism noun
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.atavistic - characteristic of an atavist
regressive - opposing progress; returning to a former less advanced state
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Translations
atavistinen

atavistic

[ˌætəˈvɪstɪk] ADJatávico
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atavistic

[ˌætəˈvɪstɪk] (formal) adj [fear, sense, instinct, emotion] → atavique
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atavistic

adjatavistisch
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