a 19th-century theory, inspired by Darwinism, by which the social order is accounted as the product of natural selection of those persons best suited to existing living conditions and in accord with which a position of laissez-faire is advocated.
- So·cial Dar·win·ist, so·cial Dar·win·ist, noun
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How to use Social Darwinism in a sentence
Similar arguments were in fact used this way in the unlamented days of Social Darwinism.Just Because It’s Natural Doesn’t Mean It’s Good - Issue 89: The Dark Side | David P. Barash | August 19, 2020 | Nautilus
But in our past there has been another term for it - Social Darwinism, every man and woman for him or herself.Time for Obama to Admit He Was Wrong and Start Fixing the Economy | Stuart Stevens | July 24, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Our Constitution, Holmes famously wrote, does not enact Social Darwinism.Impeach the Supreme Court Justices If They Overturn Health-Care Law | David R. Dow | April 3, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Cultural definitions for social Darwinism
A theory arising in the late nineteenth century that the laws of evolution, which Charles Darwin had observed in nature, also apply to society. Social Darwinists argued that social progress resulted from conflicts in which the fittest or best adapted individuals, or entire societies, would prevail. It gave rise to the slogan “survival of the fittest.”
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