atavistic


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at·a·vis·tic

(at-ă-vis'tik),
Relating to atavism.

atavistic

Etymology: L, atavus, ancestor
pertaining to the tendency for a genetic trait of a remote ancestor to be expressed in an individual as a result of a chance recombination of genes.

at·a·vis·tic

(at-ă-vis'tik)
Relating to atavism.

atavistic

Featuring characteristics not seen for many generations, or of a more primitive evolutionary form of the organism.
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Thereby, supporting it to be atavistic in nature, which may have served protective function in lower animal and became atavistic due to erect posture or reduced role of upper limb in walking as compared to quadrupeds.
In 1924, Furuta rejected the atavistic thoughts because the bone tissue does not fit organically to the form of the penis, instead presenting as inhibitory factor for copulation especially during erection.
This configuration allows Seitler to suggest that "if all instincts are atavistic, then the Freudian subject is itself an atavism" (45).
Scholars for too long have ignored the role of atavistic culture in thwarting if not preventing social change.
And although Moscow has pulled back to the two regions it has recognized as separate states, atavistic hatreds in the region threaten to sabotage the French-negotiated cease-fire at any time.
The collective thinking (if the word "thinking" can be applied to such deeply atavistic and unthinking mass behaviour) seems to have gone like this: "God, the banks are in a hell of a mess and governments are sitting back doing nothing.
And then, of course, "those atavistic, soulless, grasping, greedy entities, corporations.
Harald Friedl's exquisitely shot, deftly edited docu "Out of Time" displays an almost atavistic level of professional craftsmanship ideally suited to its subject: the fate of four Viennese family-run specialty shops in danger of extinction and their elderly owners.
Ireland-Wales triggers some strange, atavistic impulse that sees me wearing the green, singing the Soldiers Song and supping the black stuff instead of Brains.
So why does a non-Irish, British resident like Dr Jeanette Findlay hold such atavistic and luddite opinions?
However, in texts we examine below, atavistic children are actually born.
Perhaps it all comes down to a sense of the "magic" of mathematics--an atavistic reaction to the realisation that order can be imposed on a chaotic world.