social selection

noun

Definition of social selection

: the differential action of social conditions or agencies on the longevity and reproductive rates of individuals and strains in the population war is a factor in social selection

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“Social selection.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/social%20selection. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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