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n. (used with a sing. verb)
The study or practice of attempting to improve the human gene pool by encouraging the reproduction of people considered to have desirable traits and discouraging or preventing the reproduction of people considered to have undesirable traits.

eu·gen′ic adj.
eu·gen′i·cal·ly adv.


(yuˈdʒɛn ɪk)

1. pertaining to or causing improvement in the type of offspring produced. Compare dysgenic.
2. of or pertaining to eugenics.
[1880–85; < Greek eugen(ḗs) wellborn (see eu-, -gen) + -ic]
eu•gen′i•cal•ly, adv.
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Adj.1.eugenic - pertaining to or causing improvement in the offspring produced
cacogenic, dysgenic - pertaining to or causing degeneration in the offspring produced


[juːˈdʒenɪk] ADJeugenésico
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In their respective studies, researchers Jana Grekul and Timothy Christian reported that, under Alberta's eugenically motivated Sexual Sterilization Act, Aboriginal women were disproportionately targeted for sterilization.
Indeed, Oxford bioethicist Julian Savulescu (among others) argues that we have a moral obligation to eugenically engineer our children.
Galton proposed that the state sponsor competitive examinations in hereditary merit, celebrate the blushing winners in a public ceremony, foster wedded unions among them at Westminster Abbey, and encourage, by postnatal grants, the spawning of numerous eugenically golden offspring.
Food and Drug Administration, Harvey Wiley, figured among the supporters of a Chicago surgeon who, in the late 1910s, "permitted or hastened the deaths of at least six infants he diagnosed as eugenically defective," according to University of Michigan historian Martin Pernick.
Rhys also emphasizes the other mothers' ability to access the stability of the heterosexual family unit, symbolized by the sturdy pram, while Sasha herself remains outside this unit, a eugenically suspect individual who will reproduce nothing but the problem of the colonial and of the other.
Though health metaphors are certainly not unique to discussions of WPA work (and divorce metaphors are also common (9)), framing problematic on-the-job issues in terms of (ill) health stigmatizes those WPAs with existing health issues and subtly, if not eugenically, implies that only the fittest survive as WPAs.
21) Kate pledges to marry Denis, as if to eugenically cleanse his tainted blood.
fed its incoming patients milk from tubercular cows, believing that a eugenically strong individual would be immune.
She will also know fine well that the Holocaust was not a purely ethnic atrocity and involved the murder of many groups thought to be eugenically unsound by the Nazis.
It was therefore necessary to rid the Reich of them to purify the German people eugenically, thereby ensuring the future glory and superiority of "Greater Germany.
The father of her baby is an unlikely suspect (an epileptic priest named Luke) at the same time that their reproductive compatibility is a surprise to the government that has already dismissed them as eugenically unfit and nonreproductive.
This, combined with the ideology of social meritocracy, which many interwar eugenicists subscribed to, could aid in developing a eugenically ideal society, in which the population of the upper class, rather than the working class, would grow.