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Relating to going back to the distant past to a former kind of behavior. (1)
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atavistic (adjective), more atavistic, most atavistic
Used to describe qualities or feelings which humans have had from the distant past or earliest times: Mildred is convinced that, even in some modern societies, men have an atavistic desire to dominate women as much as they did centuries ago.
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