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Darwinism as modified by the findings of modern genetics.

Ne′o-Dar·win′i·an (-där-wĭn′ē-ən) adj.
Ne′o-Dar′win·ist n.


(Biology) the modern version of the Darwinian theory of evolution, which incorporates the principles of genetics to explain how inheritable variations can arise by mutation
ˌNeo-Darˈwinian adj, n


(ˌni oʊˈdɑr wɪˌnɪz əm)

a modification of Darwin's theory of evolution holding that species evolve by natural selection acting on genetic variation.
ne`o-Dar′win•ist, n.


the theory that maintains natural selection to be the major factor in plant and animal evolution and denies the possibility of inheriting acquired characteristics. — Neo-Darwinist, n., adj. — Neo-Darwinian, n., adj.
See also: Evolution
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Noun1.neo-Darwinism - a modern Darwinian theory that explains new species in terms of genetic mutations
Darwinism - a theory of organic evolution claiming that new species arise and are perpetuated by natural selection
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