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n. (used with a sing. verb)
A phenetic system of taxonomic classification.

phe·net′i·cist (-ĭ-sĭst) n.


(Biology) taxonomy a person who makes classifications in the field of biology according to phenetic criteria
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For example, a pheneticist might attempt to classify a set of organisms into subspecies by pointing to a number of characteristics possessed by one group, but not by the others.
disagreements between pheneticists, evolutionists, and cladists that
Whereas there is a substantial body of literature investigating the ability of hierarchical systems to transmit taxonomic information--much of it embodied in the debates among cladists, pheneticists, and evolutionary taxonomists--there seems to be little in the way of what I would view as objective analysis of the attributes of systems of nomenclature.