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Darwinian definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: of or relating to Charles Darwin's theory of organic evolution; "Darwinian theories" n
1: an advocate of Darwinism

Merriam Webster's

adjective Date: 1860 1. of or relating to Charles Darwin, his theories especially of evolution, or his followers 2. of, relating to, or being a competitive environment or situation in which only the fittest persons or organizations prosper Darwinian noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. & n. --adj. of or relating to Darwin's theory of the evolution of species by the action of natural selection. --n. an adherent of this theory. Derivatives: Darwinism n. Darwinist n. Etymology: C. Darwin, Engl. naturalist d. 1882

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Darwinian Dar*win"i*an, a. [From the name of Charles Darwin, an English scientist.] Pertaining to Darwin; as, the Darwinian theory, a theory of the manner and cause of the supposed development of living things from certain original forms or elements. Note: This theory was put forth by Darwin in 1859 in a work entitled ``The Origin of species by Means of Natural Selection.'' The author argues that, in the struggle for existence, those plants and creatures best fitted to the requirements of the situation in which they are placed are the ones that will live; in other words, that Nature selects those which are to survive. This is the theory of natural selection or the survival of the fittest. He also argues that natural selection is capable of modifying and producing organisms fit for their circumstances. See Development theory, under Development.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Darwinian Dar*win"i*an, n. An advocate of Darwinism.



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