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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ After the Second World War, eugenics was superseded by genetics and micro-biology.
▪ By the late Thirties, eugenics was waning.
▪ In the United States eugenics became almost completely discredited.
▪ Ironically, some eugenics leaders were uneasy about their alliance because they felt it could compromise their then-respectable public image.
▪ Neither Hogben nor Haldane had any objection to a biologically based eugenics programme enforced by the state in a classless society.
▪ She wanted a child, so we signed up for the eugenics lottery.
▪ The medical profession was deeply divided over eugenics.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Eugenics \Eu*gen"ics\, n. The science of improving stock, whether human or animal.
--F. Galton.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"doctrine of progress in evolution of the human race, race-culture," 1883, coined (along with adjective eugenic) by English scientist Francis Galton (1822-1911) on analogy of ethics, physics, etc. from Greek eugenes "well-born, of good stock, of noble race," from eu- "good" (see eu-) + genos "birth" (see genus).\nThe investigation of human eugenics, that is, of the conditions under which men of a high type are produced. [Galton, "Human Faculty," 1883]


n. 1 (context biology English) The science of improving stock, whether human or animal. 2 (context philosophy English) A social philosophy which advocates the improvement of human hereditary qualities through selective breeding.


n. the study of methods of improving genetic qualities by selective breeding (especially as applied to human mating) [ant: dysgenics]


Eugenics (; from Greek εὐγενής eugenes "well-born" from εὖ eu, "good, well" and γένος genos, "race, stock, kin") is a set of beliefs and practices that aims at improving the genetic quality of the human population. It is a social philosophy advocating the improvement of human genetic traits through the promotion of higher rates of sexual reproduction for people with desired traits (positive eugenics), or reduced rates of sexual reproduction and sterilization of people with less-desired or undesired traits (negative eugenics), or both. Alternatively, gene selection rather than "people selection" has recently been made possible through advances in gene editing (e.g. CRISPR). The exact definition of eugenics has been a matter of debate since the term was coined. The definition of it as a "social philosophy"—that is, a philosophy with implications for social order—is not universally accepted, and was taken from Frederick Osborn's 1937 journal article "Development of a Eugenic Philosophy".

While eugenic principles have been practiced as far back in world history as Ancient Greece, the modern history of eugenics began in the early 20th century when a popular eugenics movement emerged in the United Kingdom and spread to many countries, including the United States, Canada and most European countries. In this period, eugenic ideas were espoused across the political spectrum. Consequently, many countries adopted eugenic policies meant to improve the genetic stock of their countries. Such programs often included both "positive" measures, such as encouraging individuals deemed particularly "fit" to reproduce, and "negative" measures such as marriage prohibitions and forced sterilization of people deemed unfit for reproduction. People deemed unfit to reproduce often included people with mental or physical disabilities, people who scored in the low ranges of different IQ tests, criminals and deviants, and members of disfavored minority groups. The eugenics movement became negatively associated with Nazi Germany and the Holocaust when many of the defendants at the Nuremberg trials attempted to justify their human rights abuses by claiming there was little difference between the Nazi eugenics programs and the US eugenics programs. In the decades following World War II, with the institution of human rights, many countries gradually abandoned eugenics policies, although some Western countries, among them the United States, continued to carry out forced sterilizations.

Since the 1980s and 1990s when new assisted reproductive technology procedures became available, such as gestational surrogacy (available since 1985), preimplantation genetic diagnosis (available since 1989) and cytoplasmic transfer (first performed in 1996), fear about a possible future revival of eugenics and a widening of the gap between the rich and the poor has emerged.

A major criticism of eugenics policies is that, regardless of whether "negative" or "positive" policies are used, they are vulnerable to abuse because the criteria of selection are determined by whichever group is in political power. Furthermore, negative eugenics in particular is considered by many to be a violation of basic human rights, which include the right to reproduction. Another criticism is that eugenic policies eventually lead to a loss of genetic diversity, resulting in inbreeding depression instead due to a low genetic variation.

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Eugenics is the third studio album by American brutal death metal band Malignancy.

Usage examples of "eugenics".

The most prestigious scientific institute in Germany, the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Anthropology, Human Genetics, and Eugenics, the German Research Council, and their extensive biomedical and Eugenics research programs, had no qualms about the killing of so-called inferior and polluted races.

Science has its fads and crazes, like anything else: string theory, eugenics, mesmerism.

Jukes, Nams, Kallikaks, Zeros, Dacks, Ishmaels, Sixties, Hickories, Hill Folk, Piney Folk, and the rest, with which the readers of the literature of restrictive eugenics are familiar.

Although the existence of the Eugenics Wars was well-known by the twenty-third century, most citizens of the late twentieth century were not even aware of the global struggle against Khan and his fellow supermen, seeing only scattered brushfire wars and random acts of terrorism.

A eugenics offshoot propounded by a disgraced and outlawed society whose hope of giving humankind an artificial boost up the ladder of evolution had been met with outrage, approbation, and brutal censure.

First, despite the construction of Cold Springs Harbor Laboratory, despite the efforts at universities and the pleadings of lawyers, there was no scientific basis for eugenics.

The eyes of the interviewers glazed over as the putative lovebirds discussed assortative mating, the differentiation between penetrance and expres­sivity on the one hand and dominance and epistasis on the other, and the uncertainty of positive eugenics.

When challenged by ethicists who see the stalking horse of the extensive eugenics program and other Nazi medical experiments meant to create an unblemished master Aryan race, the smiling, suited thugs say, "Our moral responsibility is also to take care of our jobs and well-being.

It was a term she was unfamiliar with, 'ethnic cleansing', but then Kevin showed her what it meant, and she was sickened by the images, realizing that this was the precursor to the Eugenics Wars of five decades later, in which over a billion people would die!

Their eye-hand coordination was impressive (maybe the Eugenics Council had done something right).

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Something the Meliorates with their scattershot approach to eugenics did not themselves foresee.

And this thought, taken out of context, without the later disclaimers, culminated in the Nazi pogroms of eradication of the Jews, and the eugenics plan designed to bring forth a thousand years of Aryan supermen.

Long ago and far away before that damned Eugenics Board ruling, I was planning to have Sheena take hyper-baric oxygen therapy during the pregnancy .

So two things happen: people who've been barred by a eugenics board, feeling they've been unjustly deprived, hide their sour-grapes pose behind a mask of self-righteousness - and a lot of people who can't face the responsibility of raising prodgies seize on this as an excuse to copy them.