of or bringing about improvement in the type of offspring produced.
having good inherited characteristics.

Also eu·gen·i·cal.
Compare dysgenic.

Origin of eugenic

1880–85; < Greek eugen(ḗs) wellborn (see eu-, -gen) + -ic
Related formseu·gen·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·eu·gen·ic, adjectivenon·eu·gen·i·cal, adjectivenon·eu·gen·i·cal·ly, adverbun·eu·gen·ic, adjectiveun·eu·gen·i·cal, adjectiveun·eu·gen·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for eugenic

Contemporary Examples of eugenic

  • She operated at a time when eugenic arguments were very much in vogue, harnessed by both sides of the birth-control debate.

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    How Palin Flunks Feminism

    Michelle Goldberg

    November 26, 2010

Historical Examples of eugenic

  • I was her physician, for I have not always been in the Eugenic Service.

  • My next duty as a German father-elect was to report to the Eugenic Office.

  • The use of the terms "fit" and "unfit" in a eugenic sense has been criticized.

  • For this reason the scope of eugenic legislation is likely to be extended.


    Henry Kalloch Rowe

  • Anonymous letters had warned him that she was after him for eugenic purposes.

    The Gay Rebellion

    Robert W. Chambers

eugenic in Medicine




Of or relating to eugenics.
Relating or adapted to the production of good or improved offspring.
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