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Lamarckian

[ luh-mahr-kee-uhn ]

adjective

  1. of or relating to Jean de Lamarck or his theory of organic evolution.


noun

  1. a person who holds this theory.

Lamarckian

/ lɑːˈmɑːkɪən /

adjective

  1. of or relating to Lamarck


noun

  1. a supporter of Lamarckism

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Word History and Origins

Origin of Lamarckian1

First recorded in 1840–50; Lamarck + -ian

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Example Sentences

We might as well have evolved naturally—we show all the signs of natural selection pure and simple, with no trace of Lamarckian acceleration.

In this controversy, however, there was another string to the Lamarckian bow.

A special theory of heredity, pangenesis, has been accepted by many of the Neo-Lamarckian school.

In so doing he is following his tendency to exclude Lamarckian explanations as far as possible.

The latter involve Lamarckian inheritance, which of late years has been the centre of so much controversy.

The three instances which we shall next consider seem to offer very serious obstacles to the Lamarckian theory.

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