(comparative more atavistically, superlative most atavistically)
- In an atavistic manner.
atavistic + -ally
Variant of atavism
- appearance in an individual of some characteristic found in a remote ancestor but not in nearer ancestors
- such a characteristic
- an individual with such a characteristicalso atavist
Origin of atavismFrench atavisme ; from Classical Latin atavus, father of a great-grandfather, ancestor ; from at-, beyond + avus, grandfather ; from Indo-European an unverified form ati, beyond + an unverified form awos, maternal grandfather