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atavistic

adjective uk   /ˌæt.əˈvɪs.tɪk/  us   /ˌæt̬-/ formal
happening because of a very old habit from a long time ago in human history, not because of a conscious decision or because it is necessary now: an atavistic fear of the dark
atavism
noun [U] uk   /ˈæt.ə.vɪ.zəm/  us   /ˈæt̬-/
Translations of “atavistic”
in Chinese (Traditional) (行為)返祖性的,原始的…
in Chinese (Simplified) (行为)返祖性的,原始的…
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