darwinian

Relating to or ascribed to Darwin.

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Dar·win·ian där-'win-ē-ən adj of or relating to Charles Darwin, his theories esp. of evolution, or his followers
Darwinian n
Dar·win 'där-wən Charles Robert (1809-1882)
British naturalist. Darwin is celebrated for his documentation of the theory of evolution and the development of the principle of natural selection. In 1831 he began a five-year voyage around the world, making stopovers in So. America where he gained critical insight into the variation between populations of animals on the various islands and the mainland which played an important role in the development of his ideas on evolution. In 1859 he published On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. This landmark work brought about a revolution in biology and firmly established the study of evolution as part of the science of biology. The Descent of Man, 1871, was a follow-up work that contained his related theory of sexual selection. Darwin was not the first to question the immutability of species in nature or to conceive the notion of evolution, but he added to the theorizing of Lamarck and others the concept of natural selection and voluminous documentary evidence.

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dar·win·ian (dahr-winґe-ən) named for Charles Robert Darwin, as darwinian theory.

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  • 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. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Darwinian — Dar*win i*an, n. An advocate of Darwinism. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Darwinian — 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 •… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Darwinian — adj. Darwinian is used with these nouns: ↑evolution, ↑selection …   Collocations dictionary

  • Darwinian — Darwinism ► NOUN ▪ the theory of the evolution of species by natural selection, advanced by the English natural historian Charles Darwin (1809 82). DERIVATIVES Darwinian noun & adjective Darwinist noun & adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • Darwinian — /dahr win ee euhn/, adj. 1. (sometimes l.c.) pertaining to Charles Darwin or his doctrines. n. 2. a follower of Charles Darwin; a person who accepts or advocates Darwinism. [1855 60; DARWIN + IAN] * * * …   Universalium

  • Darwinian — 1. noun An adherent of Darwins theory of the origin of species. 2. adjective a) Relating to the theory of evolution, as advanced by Charles Darwin. b) Competitive …   Wiktionary

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