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n. (used with a sing. verb)
The belief that deterioration of the human gene pool occurs by the increased survival and reproduction of people with undesirable traits.

dys·gen′ic adj.


1. (Anthropology & Ethnology) of, relating to, or contributing to a degeneration or deterioration in the fitness and quality of a race or strain
2. (Anthropology & Ethnology) of or relating to dysgenics


(dɪsˈdʒɛn ɪk)

pertaining to or causing degeneration in the type of offspring produced. Compare eugenic.
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Adj.1.dysgenic - pertaining to or causing degeneration in the offspring produced
eugenic - pertaining to or causing improvement in the offspring produced
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Various regional and technical terms have been used to describe this method of harvesting, including diameter limit cutting, thinning from above, overstory removal and the more pejorative terms high-grading and dysgenic selection.
Regularly featuring episodes of world calamity--outbursts of terrorism, dysgenic programs that cripple the species--Daniel's narrative is a record left by the old that instructs the new and naive.
Thus, scientists at the time viewed World War I as entirely dysgenic.
In the April 1932 issue of her organization's Birth Control Review, Sanger proposed "to give certain dysgenic groups in our population their choice of segregation or sterilization.
One might expect Pinker to be sympathetic to the argument that the wide availability of legal abortion causes people to have fewer unwanted children, who are more likely to become criminals, but he presents a different kind of argument that has some interesting dysgenic implications:
But Glasgow's terminology and imagery also invoke the central tropes of contemporary eugenic discourse: fate by inherited "germ plasm," dysgenic processes of degeneracy, and the biological and social threat of racial mixing, or "mongrelization.
Fisher (who became chairman of the Eugenics Society's family allowances subcommittee) Darwin conceded that the Society needed to take a stance on the issue, which it did in 1926, although many continued to see family allowances as a dysgenic scheme (Soloway, 1990: 298; Blacker to Gun, 12 June 1933).
White-trash" is usually a derogatory term for poor, often rural, whites with little education and a lack of "manners," situating them as "a breed apart, a dysgenic race unto themselves" (Newitz and Wray, 2).
Writer-director Andrew Stanton ("Finding Nemo") sets loose a squatter version of the cute robot from the 1986 comedy "Short Circuit" in the dysgenic consumerist wasteland of Mike Judge's suppressed 2006 satire "Idiocracy.