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yuˈdʒɛn ɪkseu·gen·ics

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. eugenicsnoun

    the study of methods of improving genetic qualities by selective breeding (especially as applied to human mating)


  1. eugenicsnoun

    The science of improving stock, whether human or animal.

  2. eugenicsnoun

    A social philosophy which advocates the improvement of human hereditary qualities through selective breeding.

  3. Etymology: Comes from meaning "good breeding". Coined in 1883 by an English scientist, Francis Galton, who was cousin of Charles Darwin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Eugenicsnoun

    the science of improving stock, whether human or animal


  1. Eugenics

    Eugenics is the bio-social movement which advocates practices to improve the genetic composition of a population, usually a human population. It is a social philosophy advocating the improvement of human hereditary traits through the promotion of higher reproduction of more desired people and traits, and reduced reproduction of less desired people and traits.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Eugenics

    The attempt to improve the PHENOTYPES of future generations of the human population by fostering the reproduction of those with favorable phenotypes and GENOTYPES and hampering or preventing BREEDING by those with "undesirable" phenotypes and genotypes. The concept is largely discredited. (McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, 6th ed)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of eugenics in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of eugenics in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of eugenics in a Sentence

  1. Texas Tribune:

    It also mandates that students be taught ‘the history of white supremacy, including but not limited to the institution of slavery, the eugenics movement, and the Ku Klux Klan, and the ways in which it is morally wrong,’.


    so, I ask america- what color of skin people have your-john locke- life, liberty, and property in the pursuit of happiness philosophy? violence has always been what defines you. whites ran from religious oppression and persecution in europe to america. blacks came to america as forced slave labor to whites on plantations. I will say to america- violence will not save you. racism and hate will not save you. eugenics will not save you. jah will move the earth from under your feet. you still have some time to save yourself. no one wins a war. wise up!!!

  3. Julia Gibbons:

    But the American eugenics movement does share a goal of the majority view in this case: both seek to control a woman’s reproductive decisions, eugenics certainly lives on... but not in a woman’s decisions about her reproductive health. The shadow of the eugenics movement materializes when the state wrests those decisions from her.

  4. Johanna Schoen:

    Eugenics -- at its core -- is based on the state making reproductive decisions for others. Indiana's law basically does the same thing, limiting a woman's reproductive autonomy, he is tying eugenics to particular reproductive technologies -- here abortion -- instead of recognizing that eugenic laws robbed women of their ability to make their own reproductive decisions -- the state decided for them.

  5. Johanna Schoen:

    For a long time, opponents of abortion have charged that abortion threatens those deemed undesirable in society, in arguing that Indiana's law that bans abortion based solely on race, disability or sex, could one day pass legal muster, Thomas is harkening back to the eugenics movement of the early 20th century.

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