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A theory of biological evolution developed by Charles Darwin and others, stating that all species of organisms have developed from other species, primarily through natural selection. Also called Darwinian theory.

Dar′win·ist n.
Dar′win·is′tic adj.
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(ˈdɑːwɪˌnɪzəm) or

Darwinian theory

(Biology) the theory of the origin of animal and plant species by evolution through a process of natural selection. Compare Lamarckism See also Neo-Darwinism
ˈDarwinist, ˈDarwinite n, adj
ˌDarwinˈistic adj
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(ˈdɑr wəˌnɪz əm)

the Darwinian theory that species originate by descent with slight variation from parent forms through the natural selection of individuals best adapted for survival and reproduction.
Dar′win•ist, n., adj.
Dar`win•is′tic, adj.
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the theory of evolution by natural selection of those species best adapted to survive the struggle for existence. — Darwinian, n., ad).
See also: Evolution
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Noun1.Darwinism - a theory of organic evolution claiming that new species arise and are perpetuated by natural selectionDarwinism - a theory of organic evolution claiming that new species arise and are perpetuated by natural selection
evolutionism, theory of evolution, theory of organic evolution - (biology) a scientific theory of the origin of species of plants and animals
neo-Darwinism - a modern Darwinian theory that explains new species in terms of genetic mutations
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References in classic literature ?
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
No need for words to convey the message that the passion for public service runs in the blood, that it follows the law of Darwinian evolution. Never mind the quality of governance the forebears have rendered in their time.
DARWINIAN EVOLUTION IS A BRILLIANT and beautiful scientific theory.
HOW good it was to read (June 7) Dr John F Harvey's letter questioning Darwinian evolution. Unless we know exactly where to look, this is not something we are likely to read much about.
Michael Denton's recent book, Evolution: Still a Theory in Crisis, provides an extended argument against an extreme interpretation of Darwinian evolution in which all biological features must result from gradual adaptation driven by natural selection.
"It is hard-wired into our genes by Darwinian evolution. Now, however, technology has advanced at such a pace that this aggression may destroy us all by nuclear or biological war."
Darwinian evolution offers a strikingly different explanation.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Researchers developed a novel mathematical method inspired by Darwinian evolution to use current antibiotics to eliminate or reduce the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
A Rough Ride to the Future presents an intriguing concept that's actually two ideas in one: the first is that when the steam engine was invented, it began a planet-affecting event called "accelerated evolution" that is bringing about planetary change a million times faster than Darwinian evolution. As a result humanity has become a major force in the planet's self-regulating system--and is changing the atmosphere to the point that human changes, too, will become necessary from an evolutionary standpoint.
Faulkner's reading from this period forward in his life, both documented and speculative, serves as the foundation of Wainwright's assertion of "the paradigm of Darwinian evolution as a literary hermeneutic" applicable to each Faulkner text and to his oeuvre in general (33).
"As an only child, I've noticed that people from large families or with very close siblings tend to depend on the company of others for entertainment." John Day asked, "Why would the authors imagine even for a millisecond that the pathological behavior of modern Americans is a result of Darwinian evolution, as opposed to a reaction and plastic adaptation to a crazy-paced, out-of-control civilization?"