Darwinism

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noun Dar·win·ism \ˈdär-wə-ˌni-zəm\

Definition of Darwinism

  1. 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 4, neo-Darwinism

  2. 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

Darwinist

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1860

First Known Use of darwinism

1860


DARWINISM Defined for English Language Learners

Darwinism

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noun Dar·win·ism \ˈdär-wə-ˌni-zəm\

Definition of Darwinism for English Language Learners

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


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Darwinism

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noun Dar·win·ism \ˈdär-wə-ˌniz-əm\

Medical 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; broadly :  a theory of biological evolution

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