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, 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.


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


(dɑrˈwɪn i ən)

1. pertaining to Charles Darwin or his theories.
2. a person who accepts Darwinism.
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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"


A. ADJdarwiniano
B. Ndarwinista mf


nDarwinist(in) m(f)
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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
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.
As a relevant backdrop, Charles Darwin's publication On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection (1859) sparked a change in thinking that became known as the Darwinian Revolution.
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The remaining eight articles are presented in sections addressing the reconciliation of reasons and forward-looking goals with Darwinian natural selection; exploring epistemological issues such as meaning, natural kinds, and concept learning; and examining the uniqueness, representational capacity, and morality of the human mind.
Although Cottingham and Holland make a persuasive case for the claim that it is difficult to situate a meaningful life within a Darwinian naturalistic cosmology, this paper argues that their case should be modified in response to the apparent fact that certain persons seem genuinely not to experience the 'bleakness' that they describe.
It is a testament to Professor Nagel's stature that his critique of Darwinian theory was allowed to be published at all.
An unresolved tension between faith and reason prevails in Hemingway's work, but to fully comprehend this tension, we must first lay to rest the common misperception that his years at Oak Park High School lacked any significant introduction to Darwinian evolutionary theory and were instead dominated by the anti-evolutionary teachings of Louis Agassiz.
Still, I may have been on to something about defections of high profile intellectuals from Darwinian naturalism and the effect that this might have in creating conceptual space for intelligent design and ultimately winning the day for it.