noun[mass noun] Ecology
- The inevitable elimination from a habitat of one of two different species with identical needs for resources.More example sentences
- In modern ecosystems, this is frequently due to competitive exclusion of previously established species, though such causal factors cannot be applied to these fossil taxa.
- Seasonal mammals may be absent from the far north because of purely abiotic limitations or because of competitive exclusion by continuous species.
- Consequently, daily variations in irradiance may slow rates of competitive exclusion or reverse the identity of the superior competitor but not allow stable coexistence.
More definitions of competitive exclusionDefinition of competitive exclusion in:
- The US English dictionary