Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a vestigial manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a vestigial or rudimentary way.

Etymologies

vestigial +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Rome so thoroughly inbred in the nominally tolerant, vestigially Protestant culture that dominated the printed and spoken media.

    Insight Scoop | The Ignatius Press Blog:

  • Here's the poll that happens to fit your prejudices, however vestigially.

    Spin and plots don't work in a post-debate age

  • It was and still vestigially remains a hunter-gatherer culture, with people moving from the desert to the uplands in the wet season, to foothill pools after the rains and along the river in the dry season, when this becomes a vital resource and refuge.

    Purnululu National Park, Australia

  • Not only can you find the Aurora Borealis (yes, localized in your kitchen at this time of day and year, and in any part of the globe), but you can also investigate old televisions shows that your mind retains vestigially in the darker parts of memory (not to mention the ability to annotate everything you write with words and pictures, video and sound...)

    Archive 2006-10-01

  • The city has never gone through a worse era of bad food than the low-fat mania of the 1980s, still vestigially represented in the marketplace by awful products like TASTI D-LITE.

    Grease is good | The Blog of Michael R. Eades, M.D.

  • Somehow, I bought it, though this film runs counter to every feel-good fantasy in the movies, even those designed for the vestigially larcenous impulses of the most law-abiding moviegoers.

    Nicolas Cage's Twitchy Con Man Takes the Dad Rap

  • These are people who speak of the process as an end in itself, connected only nominally, and vestigially, to the electorate and its possible concerns.

    Insider Baseball

  • A shirtsleeve had been ripped at the seam and it dangled vestigially.

    Blood Test

  • A shirtsleevhad been ripped at the seam and it dangled vestigially.

    Blood Test

  • “Bob” can hold these stones in his hand and “read” them or, rather, decode them by “feeling”, for he has perfected not only his normal 5 senses, but 4 of the 5 OTHER senses we all possess vestigially.

    The Book of the SubGenius

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