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eugenic

[yoo-jen-ik] /yuˈdʒɛn ɪk/
adjective
1.
of or bringing about improvement in the type of offspring produced.
2.
having good inherited characteristics.
Also, eugenical.
Compare dysgenic.
Origin of eugenic
1880-1885
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
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Examples from the Web for eugenically
Historical Examples
  • And these were the people to whom England looked for a eugenically begotten race!

    Gray youth Oliver Onions
  • An increase of this tendency would be eugenically desirable.

    Applied Eugenics Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
  • Will not the elimination of the eugenically unworthy rid the world of its heartaches and sorrows?

  • As Schiller points out, any measures to be eugenically effective must apply to the young.

    Six Major Prophets Edwin Emery Slosson
  • But eugenically this social hysteresis, this delay in recompensing merit, has a fatal effect.

    Six Major Prophets Edwin Emery Slosson
  • "eugenically Speaking" could certainly bear no further extension, unless its mood were deepened into seriousness.

  • One of the most significant of these—significant both socially and eugenically—is summarized here in Fig. 22.

    The Social Direction of Evolution William E. Kellicott
  • Within reasonable limits, it is justifiable to treat the economically superior sections of the nation as the eugenically superior.

    Applied Eugenics Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
  • The scheme would work, eugenically, in proportion as it is discriminatory and graded.

    Applied Eugenics Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
eugenically in Medicine

eugenic eu·gen·ic (yōō-jěn'ĭk)
adj.

  1. Of or relating to eugenics.

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

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