nonadaptive

adjective non·adap·tive \ ˌnän-ə-ˈdap-tiv , -a- \

Definition of nonadaptive

: not contributing to the fitness, performance, or survival of an organism or its parts : not arising by adaptation : not adaptive
  • Organisms are integrated systems and adaptive change in one part can lead to nonadaptive modifications of other features …
  • —Stephen Jay Gould
  • nonadaptive behavior

First Known Use of nonadaptive

1872


Medical Dictionary

nonadaptive

adjective non·adap·tive \ ˌnän-ə-ˈdap-tiv, -a-ˈ \

medical Definition of nonadaptive

: not serving to adapt the individual to the environment
  • nonadaptive traits

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