nonadaptive

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

Definition of nonadaptive

  1. :  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

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

Medical Definition of nonadaptive

  1. :  not serving to adapt the individual to the environment nonadaptive traits


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up nonadaptive? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

the weight of a container

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Emoji Quiz

  • emoji-the-quiz
  • What phase of the moon is this: 🌖 ?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!