Definition of adaptationism in English:


Line breaks: adap|ta¦tion|ism
Pronunciation: /adəpˈteɪʃ(ə)nɪz(ə)m


[mass noun] Biology
  • The axiom or assumption that each feature of an organism is the result of evolutionary adaptation for a particular function.
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    • This joint consideration of Darwinian adaptationism and ecology has, in fact, produced the discipline of behavioral ecology.
    • It is of course a short step from these premises to the view that adaptation is a universal moulder of forms and behaviour, and adaptationism a universal acid for dissolving away scientific problems.
    • That's the continental tradition as much as adaptationism is the English tradition.



noun & adjective
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  • The problem with existing adaptationist hypotheses of human reproductive behavior is twofold.
  • This is an adaptationist account of evolution, and one that most evolutionists would probably accept as uncontroversial.
  • Selectionist or adaptationist thinking was proposed by two Englishmen, Darwin and Wallace, and the first converts were also therefore British.

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