Definition of Darwinian in US English:



  • Relating to Darwinism.

    • ‘From the Darwinian evolution to the New Age revolution, belief in God has changed, and so has the way we understand the nature and the purpose of humanity.’
    • ‘One consequence of Darwinian evolution by natural selection is that as the world changes, what lives and what dies can change as well.’
    • ‘Certainly around the turn of the 20th century, Darwinian views were opposed by some botanists because of phenotypic plasticity.’
    • ‘The idea of organisms adopting strategies for survival and fitness is central to Darwinian biology.’
    • ‘Gene duplication is purported to be a major pathway for the Darwinian evolution of biochemical novelty.’
    • ‘In the traditional, simplistic Darwinian view, adaptation is some form of optimal fit with a given world.’
    • ‘The key to the mechanism of Darwinian evolution is natural selection.’
    • ‘Some proponents of intelligent design do raise real objections to current understandings of Darwinian evolution.’
    • ‘Debates over whether public schools should teach creationism or Darwinian evolution are also fundamentally moral.’
    • ‘The original school board ruled that intelligent design could be taught alongside Darwinian evolution, in science classes.’
    • ‘Let's ignore the fact that the origin of life is a question of no relevance whatever to Darwinian evolution.’
    • ‘Lysenko's bizarre Lamarckian biology was the antithesis of Darwinian evolution!’
    • ‘Variation in Darwinian fitness results from interactions among genes in the context of environmental variation.’
    • ‘Is Darwinian evolution established fact, or a dogma ready to be overtaken by the next scientific revolution?’
    • ‘Phenotypic variation among primates results primarily from Darwinian selection, mate choice, and genetic drift.’
    • ‘Adaptationist thinking is grounded in Darwinian conceptions of human nature.’
    • ‘If natural selection is the buzz phrase of Darwinian theory, then specified complexity is the buzz phrase of the intelligent design movement.’
    • ‘As knowledge moves forward, bastions of belief are painfully knocked down, as creationism has been by Darwinian evolution.’
    • ‘So we are undergoing a process which is the reverse of the Darwinian theory: the evolution of man into ape.’
    • ‘It has always proved difficult to offer a theory of grief according to the old Darwinian paradigm of evolution.’


  • An adherent of Darwinism.

    • ‘The Darwinian sees the categories of the human mind as a result of the process of natural selection and so fashioned by the physical world - the thing in itself.’
    • ‘Darwinians sometimes fall back on the idea that humanity nowadays is not living a natural life.’
    • ‘It is almost habitual for some Darwinians to refer to evolution as a ‘materialist’ theory.’
    • ‘And yet, as he argues here in a series of chapters on various doctrines of Christian faith, it is not unreasonable or silly for Darwinians to be prayerful Christians as well.’
    • ‘Most academics are Darwinians - or more correctly, they believe that evolution is the process that best describes how man came to be.’
    • ‘Even among the ranks of strict Darwinians there are profound disputes about the mechanism of evolution.’
    • ‘Because he is a Darwinian, he is committed to the inferring of mentality, not opposed to its practice.’
    • ‘In Europe it would be easier to claim, using the term vaguely, that we are all Darwinians now, even though there is an increasing conservative Evangelical proportion among the diminished number of active Christians.’
    • ‘It is plain that this view is incompatible with belief in an objective moral order, and the more clear-thinking atheistic Darwinians have always understood this.’
    • ‘If we want to have a scientific description of how we evolved we will have to transcend the doctrinal debate between the Creationists and the Darwinians and start from scratch.’
    • ‘At the biochemical level, today's Darwinians have many examples of the most complex of processes that have been put in place by selection.’
    • ‘As a Darwinian, Veblen was interested in explaining how the economic system evolved over time.’
    • ‘It would appear, at least to Darwinians, that life's amazingly complex forms do not require any supernatural causation; and so we can discard the design argument of natural theology.’
    • ‘As a strict Darwinian, he accepts that humans are one of many products of the evolutionary process that began about 3.5 billion years ago.’
    • ‘Fisher was probably the best-read Darwinian of his generation, and it is not surprising that it affected his style.’
    • ‘Yet the funny thing is if in England, you ask a man in the street who the greatest living Darwinian is, he will say Richard Dawkins.’
    • ‘But they express scorn for the extreme Darwinians, those who treat Darwinism as a religion, or try to interpret human social life by genes or natural selection.’
    • ‘To suckle the young of another species is hardly what Darwinians call an adaptive trait (because it does not contribute to the surrogate's own survival).’
    • ‘The new Darwinians claim to be developing a unified theory of human nature - one that can give us guidance on how to shape our societies and how we ought to live.’
    • ‘What I find particularly troublesome is the extent to which evolutionists and Darwinians say, oh no, we're doing science, and if you do this you have to be an agnostic at minimum, and preferably an atheist.’