Definitions for atavistic
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characteristic of an atavist
of the recurrence of a trait reappearing after an absence of one or more generations due to a chance recombination of genes.
of a throwback or exhibiting primitivism.
relating to earlier, more primitive behavior that returns after an absence.
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It is almost impossible to be a doctor and an honest man, but it is obscenely impossible to be a psychiatrist without at the same time bearing the stamp of the most incontestable madness: that of being unable to resist that old atavistic reflex of the mass of humanity, which makes any man of science who is absorbed by this mass a kind of natural and inborn enemy of all genius.
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