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eugenics Line breaks: eu|gen¦ics
Pronunciation: /juːˈdʒɛnɪks/

Definition of eugenics in English:

plural noun

[treated as singular]
The science of improving a population by controlled breeding to increase the occurrence of desirable heritable characteristics.
Example sentences
  • In Erlangen, the University keenly promoted the science of eugenics.
  • Once you've got regulated breeding, it's a short skip to selective breeding - eugenics.
  • He devoted the latter part of his life to eugenics, i.e. improving the physical and mental makeup of the human species by selected parenthood.



Pronunciation: /juːˈdʒɛnɪk/
Example sentences
  • As more people can derive benefits from the use of genetic information to guide reproductive decisions eugenic practices will become very widespread.
  • For people such as Fisher, who was a leading figure in the American eugenics movement, the eugenic program of race improvement was the central concern.
  • The eugenic and Social Darwinism programs are morally repugnant, but seem to be based on Darwinian evolutionary facts.


Example sentences
  • And a 1916 feature film even encouraged people to marry eugenically and kill their defective offspring.
  • Early-twentieth-century uneasiness about lower-class whites overpopulating the nation led to a panicked organization of public and private research which could eugenically chart lines of white families.
  • In the former, the exhausted, unnamed protagonist is offered two weeks in the country with her six young children, compliments of the eugenically named Social Betterment Society.


Pronunciation: /juːˈdʒɛnɪsɪst/
noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • The eugenicists believed Mendelian laws governed the heredity of human physiological traits and social traits.
  • He has gathered many documents - letters by leading eugenicists, publications of eugenics associations, and records of institutions for the mentally retarded - that historians had already found and interpreted.
  • We know that social Darwinists and eugenicists in the past have drawn on, and perhaps been inspired by, evolutionary biology.


Pronunciation: /ˈjuːdʒɪnɪst/
noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • To propagate this message, eugenists were instrumental in developing tests for ‘racial fitness’, primarily intelligence tests.
  • In the US and elsewhere, however, other eugenists were extremely cautious about the question of birth control.
  • The eugenists wanted to shift the birth control emphasis from less children for the poor to more children for the rich.

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