eugenic

adjective
eu·​gen·​ic | \ yü-ˈje-nik How to pronounce eugenic (audio) \

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 How to pronounce eugenically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of eugenic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unless something is done, the medical profession may once again exhibit a cozy relationship with eugenic goals. Eric Heisig, cleveland, "Ohio attorney general asks for another review of Down syndrome abortion ban," 28 Oct. 2019 But the tradition has certainly moved away from its eugenic roots. Audrey Farley, Longreads, "We Still Don’t Know How to Navigate the Cultural Legacy of Eugenics," 20 June 2019 Nor do conservatives acknowledge the eugenic mechanisms rampant within the criminal justice system. Audrey Farley, Longreads, "We Still Don’t Know How to Navigate the Cultural Legacy of Eugenics," 20 June 2019 Catholics, a population that many Protestants wished would reproduce less, vocally opposed eugenic sterilization as being an unnatural interference with procreation. Buck v. Bell has never been overturned. Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker, "How Fetal Personhood Emerged as the Next Stage of the Abortion Wars," 5 June 2019 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

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eugenic. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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eugenic

adjective
eu·​gen·​ic | \ yu̇-ˈjen-ik How to pronounce eugenic (audio) \

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 How to pronounce eugenically (audio) \ adverb

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