[nee-oh-luh-mahr-kiz-uh m]

noun Biology.

Lamarckism as expounded by later biologists who hold especially that some acquired characters of organisms may be inherited by descendants, but that natural selection also is a factor in evolution.

Related formsne·o-La·marck·i·an, adjective, nounne·o-La·marck·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of neo-lamarckism

  • There, to our thinking, is one of the most solid positions of neo-Lamarckism.

    Creative Evolution

    Henri Bergson

  • That is to say that neo-Lamarckism is no more able than any other form of evolutionism to solve the problem.

    Creative Evolution

    Henri Bergson

  • So we come to the only one of the present forms of evolution which remains for us to mention, viz., neo-Lamarckism.

    Creative Evolution

    Henri Bergson

British Dictionary definitions for neo-lamarckism



a theory of evolution based on Lamarckism, proposing that environmental factors could lead to adaptive genetic changes
Derived FormsNeo-Lamarckian, adjective, noun
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