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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.


(yuˈdʒɛn ɪk)

1. pertaining to or causing improvement in the type of offspring produced. Compare dysgenic.
2. of or pertaining to eugenics.
[1880–85; < Greek eugen(ḗs) wellborn (see eu-, -gen) + -ic]
eu•gen′i•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.eugenic - pertaining to or causing improvement in the offspring produced
cacogenic, dysgenic - pertaining to or causing degeneration in the offspring produced


[juːˈdʒenɪk] ADJeugenésico
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Fixing the Poor: Eugenic Sterilization and Child Welfare in the Twentieth Century
Outside of economics, Woodrow Wilson would go from the presidency of Princeton University to the presidency of the United States with explicitly racist and eugenic views.
But eugenic thinking can undermine a society's commitment to human equality and to the dignity of human beings who are weak, sick, disabled, or "imperfect.
The eugenic past can be a useful compass when considering present and future uses of genetic technologies.
The minimum wage was the easiest to administer of a host of eugenic proposals put forward a century ago, such as Oriental exclusion (the oldest), literacy tests (for Jim Crow), voter registration, head taxes, the outlawing of contract labor, celibate labor colonies, deportation, restrictive union rules, and sterilization.
This Part provides an overview of genetic counseling's close ties with eugenics at the time of its origin, the manner in which theories of black inferiority drove its growth as it began to take its modern form after World War II, and the persistent, eugenic efforts to curtail black reproduction over the past 100 years.
The result is an in-depth look at how Catholic thinkers positioned themselves against eugenicists, and how Catholicism wrestled with eugenic science for the upper hand in moral authority over the modern family.
High school and college textbooks from the 1920s through the 1940s often had chapters touting the scientific progress to be made from applying eugenic principles to the population.
This came at a meeting with a US expert working in the fields of genetic improvement, stressing that the technology contributes to the operations of cattle eugenic to increase production and productivity to support the national economy, adding that the comprehensive presentation of the expert was a real shift and essential issue represents an important outcome for the experiments of the genetic improvement of cattle contributes to increase the proportion of the national herd in Sudan.
The daughter of Champs Elysees has only run six times, but she has already won a race this year, when three-quarters of a length too strong for Eugenic at Salisbury in July.
It was during the twentieth century that the synthesis eugenic ideologies took place, using a scientific rhetoric from the previous period.
Contrasting the happy ending of hearing and deaf family members signing together in "Doctor Marigold" with the eugenic fears of oralists Alexander Graham Bell and David Buxton about the "intermarriage" of deaf people, Esmail underlines the "shift in the understanding of deafness from private issue to public threat" (135) that occurred in the latter decades of the nineteenth century.