Share this entry
monogenesis Syllabification: mon·o·gen·e·sis
Pronunciation: /ˌmänōˈjenəsəs/

Definition of monogenesis in English:


1The theory that humans are all descended from a single pair of ancestors. Also called monogeny.
Example sentences
  • This seems to be the ground of his preference for monogenesis - the theory that the races are descended from a common stock - over polygenesis - the theory that the races have different origins.
  • Almost any popular folk narrative provides evidence of monogenesis.
1.1 Linguistics The hypothetical origination of language or of a surname from a single source at a particular place and time.
Example sentences
  • Language seems to have been the evolutionary Rubicon for Homo sapiens, though the paleolinguist rejects the notion of linguistic monogenesis.


Pronunciation: /ˌmänəjəˈnedik/
Example sentences
  • A genetic model describing polygenetic and monogenetic factors for the inheritance of the osteochondral disease was used to detect the presence of a major inheritance gene pigs.
  • According to the monogenetic theory, Papiamentu originated from a single Afro-Portuguese proto-Creole, that developed as a lingua franca in western Africa.
  • Theories of origin Various theories have been proposed to account for the origin of pidgin languages, and fall into three broad types: monogenetic, polygenetic, and universalist.
Definition of monogenesis in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources