Neo-Darwinism Ne`o-Dar"win*ism, n. The theory which holds natural selection, as explained by Darwin, to be the chief factor in the evolution of plants and animals, and denies the inheritance of acquired characters; -- esp. opposed to {Neo-Lamarckism}. Weismannism is an example of extreme Neo-Darwinism. -- {Ne`o-Dar*win"i*an}, a. & n. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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