Darwinian Dar*win"i*an, a. [From the name of Charles Darwin, an English scientist.] Pertaining to Darwin; as, the Darwinian theory, a theory of the manner and cause of the supposed development of living things from certain original forms or elements. [1913 Webster]

Note: This theory was put forth by Darwin in 1859 in a work entitled ``The Origin of species by Means of Natural Selection.'' The author argues that, in the struggle for existence, those plants and creatures best fitted to the requirements of the situation in which they are placed are the ones that will live; in other words, that Nature selects those which are to survive. This is the theory of natural selection or the survival of the fittest. He also argues that natural selection is capable of modifying and producing organisms fit for their circumstances. See {Development theory}, under {Development}. [1913 Webster]

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  • darwinian — DARWINIÁN, Ă, darwinieni, e, adj. (Rar) Darwinist. [pr.: ni an] – Din fr. darwinien. Trimis de ionel bufu, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  DARWINIÁN adj. v. darwinist. Trimis de siveco, 13.09.2007. Sursa: Sinonime  darwinián …   Dicționar Român

  • Darwinian — Dar*win i*an, n. An advocate of Darwinism. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • darwinian — Relating to or ascribed to Darwin. * * * Dar·win·ian där win ē ən adj of or relating to Charles Darwin, his theories esp. of evolution, or his followers Darwinian n Dar·win där wən Charles Robert (1809 1882) British naturalist. Darwin is… …   Medical dictionary

  • Darwinian — adjective Date: 1860 1. of or relating to Charles Darwin, his theories especially of evolution, or his followers 2. of, relating to, or being a competitive environment or situation in which only the fittest persons or organizations prosper •… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Darwinian — adj. Darwinian is used with these nouns: ↑evolution, ↑selection …   Collocations dictionary

  • Darwinian — Darwinism ► NOUN ▪ the theory of the evolution of species by natural selection, advanced by the English natural historian Charles Darwin (1809 82). DERIVATIVES Darwinian noun & adjective Darwinist noun & adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • Darwinian — /dahr win ee euhn/, adj. 1. (sometimes l.c.) pertaining to Charles Darwin or his doctrines. n. 2. a follower of Charles Darwin; a person who accepts or advocates Darwinism. [1855 60; DARWIN + IAN] * * * …   Universalium

  • Darwinian — 1. noun An adherent of Darwins theory of the origin of species. 2. adjective a) Relating to the theory of evolution, as advanced by Charles Darwin. b) Competitive …   Wiktionary

  • Darwinian — Dar|win|i|an [ dar wıniən ] adjective relating to Darwinism …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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