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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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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.
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.
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.
A minimum wage was seen to operate eugenically through two channels: by deterring prospective immigrants (Henderson, 1900) and also by removing from employment the "unemployable," who, thus identified, could be, for example, segregated in rural communities or sterilized.
As Wray notes, eugenically informed antimiscegenation laws, such as the Racial Integrity Act, "were directed primarily at people of color and at low-status, disreputable whites, the poor white trash who refused to uphold the color line" (82).
Moreover, this tropical medical turn to a concentration on the pathological specificities of certain racial groups as "carriers" or as eugenically degenerate was complemented in the domain of anthropology in Cuba at this time.
These policies would therefore push away from eugenically oriented abortions.
Eugenically inspired ideas concerning race and procreation were discredited in the Soviet Union, and Soviet women were not told to worry about their partner's "racial purity.
The theoretical and social implications of this reinterpretation go beyond recognising that there has been an unbroken eugenic narrative from the 'old' paternalistic, brazenly discriminative early 20th-century eugenics through to the mid-century's socially aware, eugenically aligned advice for individuals seeking to form a successful family.
Pilkington worked as a marriage guidance counsellor, to help couples make eugenically healthy decisions about whether or not to marry.
This pro-eugenics trope is magnified by the film's dramatic climax, which implausibly suggests that but for the Spartans' betrayal by Ephialtes--a physically disabled Spartan hidden from the authorities as a child--the 300 eugenically selected soldiers would have outlasted Xerxes's minions.