Darwinism

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Dar·win·ism

noun \ˈdär-wə-ˌni-zəm\

: the theory of Charles Darwin about how plant and animal species develop

Full Definition of DARWINISM

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:  a theory of the origin and perpetuation of new species of animals and plants that offspring of a given organism vary, that natural selection favors the survival of some of these variations over others, that new species have arisen and may continue to arise by these processes, and that widely divergent groups of plants and animals have arisen from the same ancestors — compare evolution 4, neo-Darwinism
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:  a theory that inherent dynamic forces allow only the fittest persons or organizations to prosper in a competitive environment or situation <economic Darwinism> — compare Social Darwinism
Dar·win·ist \-wə-nist\ noun or adjective

First Known Use of DARWINISM

1864

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Dar·win·ism

noun \ˈdär-wə-ˌniz-əm\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of DARWINISM

: a theory of the origin and perpetuation of new species of animals and plants that offspring of a given organism vary, that natural selection favors the survival of some of these variations over others, that new species have arisen and may continue to arise by these processes, and that widely divergent groups of plants and animals have arisen from the same ancestors; broadly : a theory of biological evolution
Dar·win·ist \-wə-nəst\ noun or adjective

Darwinism

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Theory of the evolutionary mechanism proposed by Charles Darwin as an explanation of organic change. It denotes Darwin's specific view of how evolution works. Darwin developed the concept that evolution is brought about by the interplay of three principles: variation (present in all forms of life), heredity (the force that transmits similar organic form from one generation to another), and the struggle for existence (which determines the variations that will be advantageous in a given environment, thus altering the species through selective reproduction). Present knowledge of the genetic basis of inheritance has contributed to scientists' understanding of the mechanisms behind Darwin's ideas, in a theory known as neo-Darwinism.

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