eugenic

adjective
eu·gen·ic | \yü-ˈje-nik \

Definition of eugenic 

1 : relating to or fitted for the production of good offspring

2 : of or relating to eugenics

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Other Words from eugenic

eugenically \yü-ˈje-ni-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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An obsession with hierarchy does not make a person a totalitarian, just as a devotion to proto-eugenic thinking combined with a rigid religious morality does not make a person a Nazi. Laurie Penny, Longreads, "Peterson’s Complaint," 12 July 2018 To better understand the nation’s most aggressive eugenic sterilization program, our research team tracked sterilization requests of over 20,000 people. Smithsonian, "California Once Targeted Latinas for Forced Sterilization," 23 Mar. 2018 Under California’s eugenic law, first passed in 1909, anyone committed to a state institution could be sterilized. Smithsonian, "California Once Targeted Latinas for Forced Sterilization," 23 Mar. 2018 As American society was transformed by the arrival of millions of Southern and Eastern Europeans, a new and authoritative racial science confidently consigned newcomers to the lower tiers of humanity, a eugenic menace to be contained and excluded. Paul A. Kramer, Slate Magazine, "Not Who We Are," 3 Feb. 2017 Eugenic arguments underlay the rationale behind the Immigration Act of 1924, scholars note. Harry Bruinius, The Christian Science Monitor, "Meritocracy and the history of the science of biological differences," 26 Aug. 2017 Decades of eugenic practices. Sanctioned torture of people with intellectual disability. Joel Michael Reynolds, Time, "Gene Editing Might Mean My Brother Would’ve Never Existed," 9 Aug. 2017 Within a decade, though, anti-immigrant, eugenic and racist forces would persuade Congress to pass the Immigration Act of 1924, which dramatically cut back immigration of Italians, Eastern European Jews and other groups considered undesirable. Adam Cohen, Smithsonian, "This Jigsaw Puzzle Was Given to Ellis Island Immigrants to Test Their Intelligence," 2 May 2017

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First Known Use of eugenic

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for eugenic

Greek eugenēs wellborn, from eu- + -genēs born — more at -gen

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eugenic

adjective
eu·gen·ic | \yu̇-ˈjen-ik \

Medical Definition of eugenic 

1 : relating to or fitted for the production of good offspring

2 : of or relating to eugenics

Other Words from eugenic

eugenically \-i-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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