- the study of or belief in the possibility of improving the qualities of the human species or a human population, especially by such means as discouraging reproduction by persons having genetic defects or presumed to have inheritable undesirable traits (negative eugenics) or encouraging reproduction by persons presumed to have inheritable desirable traits (positive eugenics).
Origin of eugenics
Examples from the Web for eugenics
Eugenics is a word that made everyone at the event uncomfortable.Want Blue Eyes With That Baby?: The Strange New World of Human Reproduction
November 24, 2014
Why the sterilization and eugenics programs are running in different countries in one way or another under the umbrella of UNO.The Taliban’s Letter to Malala Yousafzai
The Daily Beast
July 17, 2013
The very subject evokes dark visions of forced sterilization and the eugenics horrors of the early 20th century.Penn State Sex-Abuse Case Revives Issue of Using Chemical Castration
November 11, 2011
Watch a montage of his many references, from SS uniforms, to the Third Reich, to eugenics.Glenn Beck’s Most Outrageous Moments
The Daily Beast Video
June 30, 2011
The attempt to “breed back” the Auroch of Teutonic legend was of a piece with the Nazi obsession with racial purity and eugenics.‘Nazi Cows’ Tried to Kill British Farmer
January 6, 2015
I try so hard not to be afraid of men, for I know they are necessary to eugenics.
They may be bad for your work, but they are worse for eugenics.
It is a sin of our race that the Eugenics Office should have bred out--but they have failed.
It is here that the ideals of Eugenics may be expected to work fruitfully.
The only compulsion we can apply in eugenics is the compulsion that comes from within.
- (functioning as singular) the study of methods of improving the quality of the human race, esp by selective breeding
Word Origin and History for eugenics
1883, coined (along with adjective eugenic) by English scientist Francis Galton (1822-1911) on analogy of ethics, physics, etc. from Greek eugenes "well-born, of good stock, of noble race," from eu- "good" (see eu-) + genos "birth" (see genus).
The investigation of human eugenics, that is, of the conditions under which men of a high type are produced. [Galton, "Human Faculty," 1883]
- The study of hereditary improvement of the human race by controlled selective breeding.
The idea that one can improve the human race by careful selection of those who mate and produce offspring.