[dahr-win-ee-uh n]
  1. a follower of Charles Darwin; a person who accepts or advocates Darwinism.

Origin of Darwinian

First recorded in 1855–60; Darwin + -ian
Related formsan·ti-Dar·win·i·an, noun, adjectivenon-Dar·win·i·an, adjective, nounpost-Dar·win·i·an, adjectivepre-Dar·win·i·an, adjectivepro-Dar·win·i·an, adjective, noun
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  1. of or relating to Charles Darwin or his theory of evolution by natural selection
  1. a person who accepts, supports, or uses this theory
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darwinian in Medicine


  1. Relating to, following, or derived from the work or ideas of Charles Darwin.
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