Darwinism

[ dahr-wuh-niz-uh m ]
/ ˈdɑr wəˌnɪz əm /

noun

the Darwinian theory that species originate by descent, with variation, from parent forms, through the natural selection of those individuals best adapted for the reproductive success of their kind.

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Origin of Darwinism

First recorded in 1855–60; Darwin + -ism

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British Dictionary definitions for darwinism

Darwinism

Darwinian theory

/ (ˈdɑːwɪˌnɪzəm) /

noun

the theory of the origin of animal and plant species by evolution through a process of natural selectionCompare Lamarckism See also Neo-Darwinism

Derived forms of Darwinism

Darwinist or Darwinite, noun, adjectiveDarwinistic, adjective
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Medical definitions for darwinism

Darwinism
[ därwĭ-nĭz′əm ]

n.

A theory of biological evolution developed by Charles Darwin and others, stating that all species of organisms arise and develop through the natural selection of small, inherited variations that increase the individual's ability to compete, survive, and reproduce.
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Scientific definitions for darwinism

Darwinism
[ därwĭ-nĭz′əm ]

A theory of biological evolution developed by Charles Darwin and others, stating that all species of organisms arise and develop through the natural selection of small, inherited variations that increase the individual's ability to compete, survive, and reproduce. Darwin's ideas have been refined and modified by subsequent researchers, but his theories still form the foundation of the scientific understanding of the evolution of life. Darwinism is often contrasted with another theory of biological evolution called Lamarckism, based on the now-discredited ideas of Jean-Baptiste Lamarck. See Note at evolution.
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