- 1Forming a very small remnant of something that was once greater or more noticeable: he felt a vestigial flicker of anger from last nightMore example sentences
- This kind of argument, although true, overlooks the underlying cause of this kind of behavior - the primitive, vestigial, human survival instinct for tribalism.
- Perhaps this attitude stemmed from some vestigial Old World notions of hierarchy, division of labor, or even the unseemliness of the music that they produced.
- By Monday night, though, in his 48-hour-warning speech, the references to international law and the United Nations had become vestigial.
- 2 Biology (Of an organ or part of the body) degenerate, rudimentary, or atrophied, having become functionless in the course of evolution: the vestigial wings of kiwis are entirely hiddenMore example sentences
- The point is not that vestigial organs have no function whatsoever.
- The belief that wisdom teeth are vestigial organs that lack a function in the body (as was previously believed for the appendix), is less common today but still evident.
- It used to be maintained that there were almost 200 vestigial organs in the human body.
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- Canada, Australia and New Zealand, he explained, have a culture still vestigially fascinated by the book.
- This parallelism exists, vestigially, in the tradition of animal parables.
- The absurdity is heightened by the arrangement of works in the gallery, which is vestigially museological, featuring vitrines, shelves and careful spatial separations within the gallery's clean white walls.