Definition of adaptationism in English:

adaptationism

noun

mass nounBiology
  • The axiom or assumption that each feature of an organism is the result of evolutionary adaptation for a particular function.

    • ‘This makes adaptationism a powerful method for explaining why we think the way we do - but it does not mean that it is the only way of explaining it, or that it should be the preferred one.’
    • ‘It is of course a short step from these premises to the view that adaptation is a universal moulder of forms and behaviour, and adaptationism a universal acid for dissolving away scientific problems.’
    • ‘That's the continental tradition as much as adaptationism is the English tradition.’
    • ‘This joint consideration of Darwinian adaptationism and ecology has, in fact, produced the discipline of behavioral ecology.’
    • ‘The point of the critique of adaptationism, as Brandon reads it, was to remind us that factors other than selection are relevant to understanding the emergence of evolutionary patterns.’

Pronunciation

adaptationism

/adəpˈteɪʃ(ə)nɪz(ə)m/