outbreed

verb

outbred ˈau̇t-ˌbred How to pronounce outbreed (audio)
-ˈbred
; outbreeding

transitive verb

1
ˈau̇t-ˌbrēd How to pronounce outbreed (audio) : to subject to outbreeding
2
ˌau̇t-ˈbrēd How to pronounce outbreed (audio) : to breed faster than

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Other things being equal, selfish genes should, therefore, outbreed altruistic ones. Ian Morris, The New Yorker, 22 Sep. 2020 Reconstructionism drove the Quiverfull movement: God called us to have as many kids as possible to raise up a Christian nation, to outbreed the liberals and the immigrants and the Muslims. Eve Ettinger, Longreads, 10 Aug. 2020 Evidently, the herders somehow outbred or exterminated most of Europe’s original farmers. Jared Diamond, New York Times, 20 Apr. 2018 QuiverFull is based on the belief that, like pure white people, good Christians are going out of style because they are being outbred by sinners. Michael Harriot, The Root, 17 Jan. 2018 This threat, called outbreeding depression, raises hackles amongst conservation biologists and is a primary argument against using genetic rescue more widely. Laura Poppick, Smithsonian, 27 Apr. 2017 This threat, called outbreeding depression, raises hackles amongst conservation biologists and is a primary argument against using genetic rescue more widely. Laura Poppick, Smithsonian, 27 Apr. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1909, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of outbreed was circa 1909

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Cite this Entry

“Outbreed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outbreed. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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Medical Definition

outbreed

transitive verb

out·​breed -ˈbrēd How to pronounce outbreed (audio)
outbred -ˈbred How to pronounce outbreed (audio) ; outbreeding -ˈbrēd-iŋ How to pronounce outbreed (audio)
1
: to subject to outbreeding
2
: to increase in numbers faster than the increase in (a resource or a competing population)
humans may outbreed their food supply

Last Updated: 23 Aug 2022

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