: not contributing to the fitness, performance, or survival of an organism or its parts : not arising by adaptation: not adaptiveOrganisms are integrated systems and adaptive change in one part can lead to nonadaptive modifications of other features …— Stephen Jay Gouldnonadaptive behavior
Examples of nonadaptive in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the WebBut what about when this guilt is based on actions taken in life-or-death situations—such as on the battlefield or in an emergency room—and is distinctly nonadaptive?
Anna Harwood-gross, Scientific American, 24 Mar. 2020 Even prior to this study, the two concepts — adaptation versus exaptation (drawn from nonadaptive traits or traits adapted for another purpose) — were difficult to separate.
Quanta Magazine, 4 Sep. 2013
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