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

Other Words from eugenic

eugenically \ yü-​ˈje-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce eugenic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of eugenic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Payton Gendron, who has pleaded not guilty to all charges, seems to have been inspired by replacement theory, a eugenic conspiracy that suggests that immigrants and people of color are driving white people to extinction. New York Times, 15 June 2022 Do not buy into this eugenic thinking that expects the most vulnerable to be sacrificed. Ahreaume, Longreads, 19 Aug. 2019 Strikingly, Force-wielding talents are narratively explained in Star Wars not merely in spiritual terms but also in ableist and eugenic ones: These supernatural powers are naturalized as biological, hereditary attributes. J. W. Hammond, Scientific American, 22 Sep. 2021 And the obvious science showing us that unborn life is life is bringing some of abortion’s eugenic roots out in the open. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, 6 Sep. 2021 Myron’s Diskobolos, the representation of masculinity in its dynamic aspect, was infamously appropriated by Nazis as their eugenic metric for beauty. Autumn Wright, Wired, 16 Jan. 2021 The Supreme Court upheld these laws by an 8-1 vote, in the infamous 1927 case Buck v. Bell, and as many as 70,000 Americans were sterilized for eugenic reasons in the 20th century. Adam Cohen, Star Tribune, 20 Oct. 2020 UC Berkeley is disavowing its eugenic research fund after a bioethicist and other faculty call it out. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, 28 Oct. 2020 From upholding segregation, eugenic sterilizations, and Japanese internment camps, the Supreme Court has made indefensible judgements before. National Geographic, 22 Oct. 2020 See More

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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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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 eugenic (audio) \ adverb


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