Definition of neo-Darwinian in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌniːəʊdɑːˈwɪnɪən/


Relating to the modern version of Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection, incorporating the findings of genetics.
Example sentences
  • In the neo-Darwinian approach to natural selection that incorporates consideration of genetics, fitness is attributed to particular genotypes.
  • If you don't know anything about molecular biology and neo-Darwinian evolution then sit back and listen, rather than taking on the mantle of quasi-scientific commentator.
  • To the best of my knowledge no one has considered neo-Darwinian evolution to be a one-shot game, yet the book reads as if this was the predominant view and that the authors have stumbled onto something new.



Pronunciation: /niːəʊˈdɑːwɪnɪən/
Example sentences
  • It is typical of creationists to exploit disagreements between evolutionists as proof that neo-Darwinism is dead while at the same time hiding their own disagreements from the public.
  • In neo-Darwinism, natural selection is assumed to play a much more important role than mutation, sometimes creating new characters in the presence of genetic recombination.
  • In so doing, he succeeds eminently in disarming the one-sided arguments advanced by defenders of both neo-Darwinism and intelligent design.


Pronunciation: /niːəʊˈdɑːwɪnɪən/
noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • According to neo-Darwinist Dawkins, the innate aspiration of the ‘selfish gene’ to leave more of itself behind is the driving force behind evolution.
  • Dismissing this censure with a smile, the cardinal spelled out a position that respects Darwin's achievements but rejects neo-Darwinist views he said go beyond what science can prove.
  • Genes are seen as the essence of life, as acting to maximise their fitness and survival, with the result that the life world created is a neo-Darwinist one.

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