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eu·gen·ics

 (yo͞o-jĕn′ĭks)
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.

eugenics

(juːˈdʒɛnɪks)
n
(Genetics) (functioning as singular) the study of methods of improving the quality of the human race, esp by selective breeding
[C19: from Greek eugenēs well-born, from eu- + -genēs born; see -gen]
euˈgenic, euˈgenical adj
euˈgenically adv
euˈgenicist, euˈgenecist n
eugenist n, adj

eu•gen•ics

(yuˈdʒɛn ɪks)

n. (used with a sing. v.)
a science concerned with improving a species, esp. the human species, by such means as influencing or encouraging reproduction by persons presumed to have desirable genetic traits.
[1880–85]
eu•gen′i•cist (-ə sɪst) n.

eugenics

the science of improving a breed or species through the careful selection of parents. — eugenicist, n. — eugenic, adj.
See also: Improvement
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.eugenics - the study of methods of improving genetic qualities by selective breeding (especially as applied to human mating)
bioscience, life science - any of the branches of natural science dealing with the structure and behavior of living organisms
cacogenics, dysgenics - the study of the operation of factors causing degeneration in the type of offspring produced
Translations

eugenics

[juːˈdʒenɪks] NSINGeugenesia f

eugenics

[juːˈdʒɛnɪks] neugénisme m

eugenics

n singEugenik f

eugenics

[juːˈdʒɛnɪks] nsgeugenica

eu·gen·ics

n. eugenesia, ciencia que estudia el mejoramiento de la especie humana de acuerdo con las leyes biológicas de la herencia.
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Also, Ryan repeatedly argued that claims by eugenicists and birth controllers that the selective use of contraception by the working classes would contribute to the betterment of the quality of the population were evidence of a failure to appreciate intrinsic human worth.
Some early eugenicists took a primarily environmental approach, suggesting that social changes would bring about biological improvements.
p196) However, Gordon continues, "Birth control reformers were not attracted to eugenics because they were racists; rather they had interests in common with eugenicists and had no strong tradition of antiracism on which to base a critique of eugenics.
Many eugenicists supported the idea of limiting population growth, particularly among those they viewed as undesirable.
It's authors, sociologist Charles Murray and the late Richard Herrnstein, have been accused of recycling discredited and unlamented theories of racists and eugenicists.
It is the declared purpose of Stefan Kuhl's book "to ground references to Nazi Germany in the recent controversies about scientific racism on a historically secure basis" by "providing detailed evidence about the relationship between American eugenicists and Nazi Germany".
Moloney effectively skewers the category of "poor physique," a "disease" eugenicists invented to deny entry to those deemed undesirable.
The most significant method of classification used by eugenicists was the "social problem group.
The various authors do a good job, in the first place, of avoiding a teleological account of the emergence of eugenics and "race hygiene" movements at the end of the nineteenth century; in the second place, of demonstrating the common acceptance of theories of racial hierarchies among eugenicists in different countries before the Second World War; and in third the third place, of continuing the importance of "reform" eugenics, and the high-prevalence of sterilization policies in various countries in the decades immediately after that war.
He decried the actions of social Darwinists and eugenicists in Germany in the mid-twentieth century and in parts of Africa in the late twentieth century, who found promise in ethnic cleansing--genocide.
Eugenicists traced white poverty, as proslavery apologists had, to hereditary causes.
She in her opening contextual chapters, she examines how eugenicists pursued their agenda through popular culture, ties eugenics into prior forms of race theory in the United States, introduces the Progressive context within which the translation of Social Darwinism into the pseudo-scientific ideology emerged, and traces the success of the eugenics movement in creating government policy.