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Meaning of atavistic

at•a•vis•tic

Pronunciation: (at"u-vis'tik), [key]
— adj.
  1. of, pertaining to, or characterized by atavism; reverting to or suggesting the characteristics of a remote ancestor or primitive type.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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