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[yoo-jen-ik] /yuˈdʒɛn ɪk/
of or bringing about improvement in the type of offspring produced.
having good inherited characteristics.
Also, eugenical.
Compare dysgenic.
Origin of eugenic
1880-85; < Greek eugen(ḗs) wellborn (see eu-, -gen) + -ic
Related forms
eugenically, adverb
noneugenic, adjective
noneugenical, adjective
noneugenically, adverb
uneugenic, adjective
uneugenical, adjective
uneugenically, adverb Unabridged
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  • I was her physician, for I have not always been in the eugenic Service.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • My next duty as a German father-elect was to report to the eugenic Office.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • The use of the terms "fit" and "unfit" in a eugenic sense has been criticized.

  • For this reason the scope of eugenic legislation is likely to be extended.

    Society Henry Kalloch Rowe
  • Anonymous letters had warned him that she was after him for eugenic purposes.

    The Gay Rebellion Robert W. Chambers
  • The eugenic campaign, then, without the other would be almost futile.

    Parenthood and Race Culture Caleb Williams Saleeby
  • It is higher and more abundant life that is the eugenic ideal.

    Parenthood and Race Culture Caleb Williams Saleeby
  • I submit that the difficulty can be solved only by the eugenic principle.

    Parenthood and Race Culture Caleb Williams Saleeby
  • There is only one solution, and that is the eugenic solution.

    Parenthood and Race Culture Caleb Williams Saleeby
eugenic in Medicine

eugenic eu·gen·ic (yōō-jěn'ĭk)

  1. Of or relating to eugenics.

  2. Relating or adapted to the production of good or improved offspring.

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