Reduced and no longer functional, representing what was once useful and developed, being a trace after the rest has disappeared or diminished.
This week pro-Kremlin opposition parties in all four member states said they were stepping up their campaign against the organisation’s vestigial security role - chiefly its tentative proposal to establish a joint peacekeeping force.
Did Prince Harry take cocaine? And did the News of the World willingly suppress this information - while leaving behind a vestigial article about cocaine - in return for Prince Charles's co-operation in its story?
Dickens would have felt at home simply because Scalamandré is a true-life, old-fashioned factory, not a museum piece but a living, breathing, though vanishing form of production in New York, where the Industrial Revolution increasingly seems as vestigial as its ideological soul mate, Marxism.
Anemoma Hartocollis, The New York Times, 5 December 2004. New York Times
I was curious about the whites, a vestigial population.
Having for years grappled in vain with the peculiar role of the body as both medium and message in women's art, I hotfooted down to the Royal Academy and prepared to have my perplexities unknotted and my vestigial puritan revulsions dispelled.
Germaine Greer, The Guardian, 28 January 2008. Guardian
"Two often mentioned motivations for travels are to see another world and to disappear. In that sense, a journey in the footsteps of someone who disappeared in search of another world was the perfect journey" - Nicholas Jubber, "The Prester Quest"