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[sal-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
  1. pertaining to or adapted for saltation.
  2. proceeding by abrupt movements.
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Origin of saltatory

1615–25; < Latin saltātōrius, equivalent to saltā(re) to dance + -tōrius -tory1
Related formsun·sal·ta·to·ry, adjective
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Examples from the Web for saltatory

Historical Examples

  • Nature hates calculators; her methods are saltatory and impulsive.

    Essays, Second Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • He shifts himself from one foot to another with a saltatory briskness.

    The Albany Depot

    W. D. Howells

  • Professor Spencer wonders why these creatures are saltatory in habit.

  • This avowal preceded his saltatory approach to Roman Catholicism.

  • In most cases of “saltatory evolution,” the suddenness is in appearance only.

    The Arena


saltatory in Medicine


(săltə-tôr′ē, sôl-)
  1. Of, relating to, or adapted for leaping or dancing.
  2. Proceeding by leaps rather than by smooth, gradual transitions.
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