Darwinian


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Darwin

, Charles Robert 1809-1882.
British naturalist who revolutionized the study of biology with his theory of evolution based on natural selection. His most famous works include On the Origin of Species (1859) and The Descent of Man (1871).

Dar·win′i·an adj. & n.

Darwinian

(dɑːˈwɪnɪən)
adj
(Biology) of or relating to Charles Darwin or his theory of evolution by natural selection
n
(Biology) a person who accepts, supports, or uses this theory

Dar•win•i•an

(dɑrˈwɪn i ən)

adj.
1. pertaining to Charles Darwin or his theories.
n.
2. a person who accepts Darwinism.
[1855–60]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Darwinian - an advocate of Darwinism
advocate, advocator, exponent, proponent - a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea
Adj.1.Darwinian - of or relating to Charles Darwin's theory of organic evolution; "Darwinian theories"
Translations
darwiniendarwiniste

Darwinian

[dɑːˈwɪnɪən]
A. ADJdarwiniano
B. Ndarwinista mf

Darwinian

nDarwinist(in) m(f)
adjdarwinistisch
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After alluding airily to the Vehmgericht, aqua tofana, Carbonari, the Marchioness de Brinvilliers, the Darwinian theory, the principles of Malthus, and the Ratcliff Highway murders, the article concluded by admonishing the Government and advocating a closer watch over foreigners in England.
This type must not be regarded as a fanciful figure: it is not a nebulous hope which is to be realised at some indefinitely remote period, thousands of years hence; nor is it a new species (in the Darwinian sense) of which we can know nothing, and which it would therefore be somewhat absurd to strive after.
Thus, when a very unobtrusive Oxford man named John Boulnois wrote in a very unreadable review called the Natural Philosophy Quarterly a series of articles on alleged weak points in Darwinian evolution, it fluttered no corner of the English papers; though Boulnois's theory
However simple Andrey Semyonovitch might be, he began to see that Pyotr Petrovitch was duping him and secretly despising him, and that "he was not the right sort of man." He had tried expounding to him the system of Fourier and the Darwinian theory, but of late Pyotr Petrovitch began to listen too sarcastically and even to be rude.
Returning to his apartment one evening, the General was surprised and pained to find Adam (for so the creature is named, the general being a Darwinian) sitting up for him and wearing his master's best uniform coat, epaulettes and all.
Evolutionary theory, which gave rise to a new discipline named Darwinian medicine, has had a major impact on modern medical research and practice.
DARWINIAN FAIRYTALES: SELFISH GENES, ERRORS OF HEREDITY AND OTHER FABLES OF EVOLUTION comes from a philosopher who maintains that Darwin's theory of evolution is a 'ridiculous slander'.
He makes the case that a science of intelligent design can incorporate Darwinian mechanisms of natural selection and random variation and thus result in a conceptually more powerful scientific theory.
Beginning with historical background (chapter 1), he establishes the core "fact of evolution" (chapter 2), and proceeds with chapter-length accounts of the sorts of problems that test the limits of Darwinian theory: the origin of life, the path of evolution, the cause of evolution, and human nature.
Although there are brief sketches of the Darwinian revolution's early impact and passing allusions to "continental" thought, the satisfying meat of Keith Thomson's book is the portrait of the British intellectuals who were dealing uneasily with the relationship between theology and science in the wake of Galileo and Newton.