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  1. atavistic, throwback(a)(adj)

    characteristic of an atavist


  1. atavistic(Adjective)

    of the recurrence of a trait reappearing after an absence of one or more generations due to a chance recombination of genes.

  2. atavistic(Adjective)

    of a throwback or exhibiting primitivism.

  3. atavistic(Adjective)

    relating to earlier, more primitive behavior that returns after an absence.

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