Definition of hereditarian in English:

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hereditarian

Pronunciation: /həˌredəˈterēən/

adjective

Relating to the theory that heredity is the primary influence on human behavior, intelligence, or other characteristics.
Example sentences
  • In fact, one could easily make the opposite case of Pinker: that those who have stressed human nature in the form of hereditarian theories, have been responsible for numerous and documented forms of oppression and tyranny.
  • Nevertheless, eighteenth-century writers did not conceptualize human diversity in rigidly hereditarian or strictly physical terms.
  • Frustrated by the growing numbers of chronic patients in psychiatric hospitals and influenced by evolutionary theory, many psychiatrists turned to hereditarian explanations.

noun

An advocate of a hereditarian view.
Example sentences
  • Unfortunately, that fact does not deter certain influential hereditarians from assailing ‘dumb people.’
  • Chris Brand says that he first became an hereditarian when he worked as a prison psychologist and noted that criminals all blamed their criminality on their families - even though other members of the family were generally not criminal.
  • As the chapter's initial subheading states, both the hereditarians and the environmentalists are triumphant.

Derivatives

hereditarianism

Pronunciation: /-əˌnizəm/
noun
Example sentences
  • He demonstrated that hereditarianism and environmentalism were not different and opposed traditions in the minds of many Australian social reformers.
  • In the 1940s, hereditarianism and behaviourism were not independent of each other, but instead fed off each other.
  • Hence, complete hereditarianism about within-group differences is logically compatible with complete environmentalism about between-group differences.

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Syllabification: he·red·i·tar·i·an

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