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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Darwinian  \Dar*win"i*an\,  a.  [From  the  name  of  Charles  Darwin, 
  an  English  scientist.] 
  Pertaining  to  Darwin;  as  the  Darwinian  theory,  a  theory  of 
  the  manner  and  cause  of  the  supposed  development  of  living 
  things  from  certain  original  forms  or  elements. 
 
  Note:  This  theory  was  put  forth  by  Darwin  in  1859  in  a  work 
  entitled  ``The  Origin  of  species  by  Means  of  Natural 
  Selection.''  The  author  argues  that  in  the  struggle 
  for  existence,  those  plants  and  creatures  best  fitted 
  to  the  requirements  of  the  situation  in  which  they  are 
  placed  are  the  ones  that  will  live;  in  other  words 
  that  Nature  selects  those  which  are  to  survive.  This  is 
  the  theory  of  natural  selection  or  the  survival  of  the 
  fittest.  He  also  argues  that  natural  selection  is 
  capable  of  modifying  and  producing  organisms  fit  for 
  their  circumstances.  See  {Development  theory},  under 
  {Development}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Darwinian  \Dar*win"i*an\,  n. 
  An  advocate  of  Darwinism. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Darwinian 
  adj  :  of  or  relating  to  Charles  Darwin's  theory  of  organic 
  evolution;  "Darwinian  theories"  [syn:  {Darwinian}] 




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