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atavism

 [at´ah-vizm]
apparent inheritance of characters from remote ancestors. adj., adj atavis´tic.

at·a·vism

(at'ă-vizm),
The appearance in an individual of characteristics presumed to have been present in some remote ancestor; reversion to an earlier biologic type, a throwback.
[L. atavus, a remote ancestor]

atavism

/at·a·vism/ (at´ah-vizm) apparent inheritance of a characteristic from remote rather than immediate ancestors.atavis´tic

atavism

(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.

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

atavism

[at′əviz′əm]
Etymology: L, atavus, ancestor
the appearance in an individual of traits or characteristics more like those of a grandparent or earlier ancestor than of the parents. Atavistic data may offer clues to an examining physician of genetic or familial health factors. atavistic, adj.
Any of a number of normally dormant traits—e.g., the presence in humans of multiple nipples, appearance of vestigial hind limbs in whales, or possibly hereditary hypertrichosis in humans

atavism

Any of a number of normally dormant traits–eg, the presence in humans of multiple nipples, appearance of vestigial hind limbs in whales, or possibly hereditary hypertrichosis in humans

at·a·vism

(at'ă-vizm)
The appearance in an individual of characteristics presumed to have been present in some remote ancestor; reversion to an earlier biologic type; a throwback.
[L. atavus, a remote ancestor]

atavism

The reappearance of a genetic characteristic after generations of absence. This may be caused by the coincidence of two recessive genes, by recombination, or by mutation. The organism or individual so produced is often called a ‘throwback’.

atavism

the recurrence of a characteristic possessed by an ancestor after an absence for several generations.

atavism

apparent inheritance of characters from remote ancestors, caused by recessive genes. Called also 'throwback'.
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Thus, one will look in vain in his article for texts documenting the reading habits of real male and female readers that will corroborate the conclusions he draws based on this material: compared to men, he claims, women have less literary competence, read more atavistically, and satisfy their needs for fantasy more openly through reading.
As heroic as this character gets is depicted when he atavistically clutches a precious can of scavenged pickles and struggles desperately to open it -- until finally Captain Hosenfeld provides a can opener.
In the case of homosexuality, the ability of the furtive lover to glance surreptitiously is seen as a distinguishing feature, inherited atavistically, if we are to believe the drama of Sodome et Gomorrhe.
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But like other products from exotic lands, we welcome novels that protest the politics of other countries; instinctively, almost atavistically, we sympathize with the foreign author's artistic dilemma--the need to produce a literary product that defies government bans, censorship rules and even threats of violence.
Out of distaste for the awkward formulation "he or she," or, worse yet, "s/he," I have chosen -- perhaps atavistically -- to let the masculine pronoun and possessive suffice throughout.
They have endeavoured to respond to and re-engage with the voters in two main ways which, however, have the disadvantage, in practice if not in principle, of being antipathetic to each other: In the first instance, they have tried somewhat atavistically to return to old nostrums by means of conviction politics and fundamentalist renewal.