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acquired character

noun, Genetics.
a noninheritable character that results from certain environmental influences.
Origin of acquired character
First recorded in 1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • His words are: "If there has been no transmission of acquired character there has been no evolution."

    Homo-culture Martin Luther Holbrook
  • Music, like language, is also an acquired character, and it is probably not transmitted.

    Homo-culture Martin Luther Holbrook
  • The writer is not aware that there is at present on record a single adequate proof of the heredity of an acquired character.

  • In contradistinction to this conception is that which assumes inversion to be an acquired character of the sexual impulse.

  • It was their acquired character that probably led eventually to their disuse.

    Women of England, Volume 9 (of 10) Burleigh James Bartlett
  • And further, our much-vaunted two thousand years of culture is a thing of the mind, an acquired character.

  • They are usually contrasted with "acquired characters," using the expression "acquired character" in the Lamarckian sense.

    Darwin and Modern Science A.C. Seward and Others
  • Personal temperament, acquired character, or external conditions may make the feeling greater or less.

    Theoretical Ethics

    Milton Valentine
  • Alcoholic degeneration is not a functionally-produced modification, but it is an acquired character, as is lead poisoning.

    Parenthood and Race Culture Caleb Williams Saleeby
  • It is not the transmission of an acquired character, but the descent of a family trait the origin of which we do not know.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
acquired character in Medicine

acquired character n.
A nonhereditary change of function or structure in a plant or animal made in response to the environment.

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