A more earthy breed of futurists thinks biological engineering will transform cities and save us from extinction.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the animal is “teetering on the brink of extinction.”
And thanks to oil palm plantations springing up in Africa, chimpanzees are in danger of extinction.
Over this image we hear: “Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction.”
How might we resurrect a tradition threatened with extinction?
The extinction of Indian claims by a cession of territory to the king, was necessary to the safety of the advancing settlers.
It seemed incredible to him that this that came was extinction.
And then night and extinction--nothing but a silent mass of impenetrable vapour hiding its dead.
The machines had begun to break down—we were headed for extinction!
Its failure in this led to its extinction, for it was unable to escape from its arch-enemy man.
early 15c., from Latin extinctionem/exstinctionem (nominative extinctio/exstinctio), noun of action from past participle stem of extinguere/exstinguere (see extinguish). Originally of fires, lights; figurative use, of wiping out a material thing (a debt, a person, a family, etc.) from early 17c.; of species by 1784.
extinction ex·tinc·tion (ĭk-stĭngk'shən)
Progressive reduction in the strength of the conditioned response in successive conditioning trials during which only the conditioned stimulus is presented and the unconditioned stimulus is omitted. See absorbance.