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See definition of vestigial on Dictionary.com
  • as inlatent
  • as inprimitive
  • as inrudimentary
  • as inremaining
  • as insurviving

synonyms for vestigial

  • inherent
  • lurking
  • smoldering
  • suppressed
  • underlying
  • unrealized
  • veiled
  • abeyant
  • between the lines
  • concealed
  • contained
  • covert
  • idle
  • immature
  • implied
  • in abeyance
  • inactive
  • inert
  • inferential
  • inferred
  • inoperative
  • intrinsic
  • invisible
  • involved
  • passive
  • possible
  • potential
  • quiescent
  • rudimentary
  • secret
  • sleeping
  • suspended
  • tacit
  • torpid
  • underdeveloped
  • undeveloped
  • unexposed
  • unexpressed
  • unripe
  • unseen
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antonyms for vestigial

MOST RELEVANT
  • active
  • apparent
  • clear
  • live
  • manifest
  • obvious
  • open
  • public
  • present
  • new
  • moderate
  • mild
  • refined
  • nice
  • tame
  • calm
  • sophisticated
  • cultured
  • modern
  • current
  • polite
  • kind
  • civilized
  • developed
  • experienced
  • mature
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      How to use vestigial in a sentence

      Displeasing will probably always stir up some vestigial guilt.
      CAROLYN HAX: LETTING OTHERS KNOW YOU’RE THE GOOD SAMARITAN, NOT THE GATEKEEPERCAROLYN HAXAPRIL 11, 2021WASHINGTON POST
      It’s always been the evening’s unofficial highest honor, but only in a vestigial sense since the dawn of the iPod — and that’s if you ever considered it an honor in the first place.
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      Old people and their obsession with secrecy, vestigial limb of a world where secrets still existed.
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      There will be vestigial tailbones and dangling dewclaws for some time to come, but the point is to set our sights for our best selves and not our worst.
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      It is safe to suppose that our needs are like those of the race and that in us nothing is vestigial that is active in others.
      THE KEMPTON-WACE LETTERSJACK LONDON
      Or, on the other hand, may not such faculty be regarded not as vestigial, but as rudimentary?
      OCCULTISM AND COMMON-SENSEBECKLES WILLSON
      Whatever lightness or joy survived was the meaningless vestigial twitching of an obsolete organ.
      THE SYNDICC.M. KORNBLUTH
      We now call these toes "vestigial," and know the pig's ancestors used them, walking on four toes and not on two, as at present.
      THE MEANING OF EVOLUTIONSAMUEL CHRISTIAN SCHMUCKER
      Similar vestigial teeth, 5-40 in number, sometimes occur in goosebeaked whales (p. 70).
      WHALES, DOLPHINS, AND PORPOISES OF THE WESTERN NORTH ATLANTICSTEPHEN LEATHERWOOD
      The posterior limb is, as a rule, pentedactylate, but in nearly every case the pollex is vestigial or absent.
      THE VERTEBRATE SKELETONSIDNEY H. REYNOLDS
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