n.1.The state or quality of being fitted; adaptation.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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With care, however, wisdom and fittedness to circumstances--whatever they may be--are possible.
Biology in the last halfcentury has not been particularly comfortable with the word "struggle" which has largely disappeared from biology texts, being replaced by the notions of "adaptedness" and "fittedness." Still, plenty of "struggle" remains in biology (although the switch in emphasis is revealing), and when philosophical participants find that they themselves have ascended via this struggle, they are confronted with the question whether such a struggle can be meaningful.
Subotzky and Prinsloo argued that their broadly defined student success, in the dynamic context of ODL, is attributed to the degree of fittedness between the two agents (i.e., students and the university), of which the processes are constantly interactive and inherently transformative.
It has been understood in this way not because of bad old tradition but because of the physiological or biological complementarity of men and women, whose reproductive organs have a unique functional fittedness.
If Donne's poems reveal the struggle of a male speaker to accept his feminine role in relationship with God as husband, Lanyer's poems highlight the fittedness of women for fellowship with God.