how to pronounce atavism

ætəvɪzəm

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“… of atavism that is an expectation of …”

meanings of atavism

noun:

  1. The reappearance of an ancestral characteristic in an organism after several generations of absence.
  2. The recurrence or reversion to a past behaviour, method, characteristic or style after a long period of absence.
  3. Reversion to past primitive behavior, especially violence.