intelligent design

noun

: the theory that matter, the various forms of life, and the world were created by a designing intelligence

Examples of intelligent design in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This evolution via ‘secular intelligent design’ could operate faster than Darwinian selection. Martin Rees, TIME, 24 Apr. 2024 This intelligent design optimizes its cleaning route for both efficiency and thoroughness. William Mullane, USA TODAY, 1 Apr. 2024 An intelligent design would coordinate the pedestrian crossing by perhaps making all four corners a go with no car traffic. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, 1 Mar. 2024 In past years, a handful of state legislators would typically introduce bills promoting intelligent design, apparently unaware of the legal risk that would expose schools to. Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 27 Feb. 2023 Crafted with durable materials and boasting an intelligent design, this sleeping pad guarantees a sound night’s sleep, no matter where the adventure may lead. Kirsten Chanel Webber, Rolling Stone, 31 Oct. 2023 The third, the private Mackenzie Presbyterian University, houses a research center for intelligent design associated with the Discovery Institute in the United States. Heslley MacHado Silva, Scientific American, 12 May 2023 There are political and religious reasons, of course, but history shows than neither politics nor religion require a creationist belief in intelligent design. Jennifer Welsh, Discover Magazine, 23 Nov. 2010 Not surprisingly, the court ruled that teaching intelligent design was also an unconstitutional imposition of religion. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 27 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1990, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of intelligent design was in 1990

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“Intelligent design.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intelligent%20design. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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