Darwinism

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Dar·​win·​ism | \ ˈdär-wə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce Darwinism (audio) \

Definition of Darwinism

1 : 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 sense 1, neo-Darwinism
2 : 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

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Darwinist \ ˈdär-​wə-​nist How to pronounce Darwinist (audio) \ noun or adjective

First Known Use of Darwinism

1860, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Darwinism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Darwinism. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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Darwinism

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English Language Learners Definition of Darwinism

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

Darwinism

noun
Dar·​win·​ism | \ ˈdär-wə-ˌniz-əm How to pronounce Darwinism (audio) \

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

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Darwinist \ -​wə-​nəst How to pronounce Darwinist (audio) \ noun or adjective

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