from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A theory of biological evolution developed by Charles Darwin and others, stating that all species of organisms have developed from other species, primarily through natural selection.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The body of biological doctrine propounded and defended by the English naturalist Charles (Charles Robert) Darwin (1809-1882), especially in his works “The Origin of Species” (1859) and “The Descent of Man” (1871), respecting the origin of species.
  • noun Belief in and support of Darwin's theory. Also Darwinianism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Biol.) The theory or doctrines put forth by Darwin. See above.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Various concepts of development or evolution popularised by Charles Darwin's publication of On the Origin of Species in 1859.
  • noun The principles of natural selection set out in Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species (1859), more strictly defined by August Weismann and developed by other authors into a central part of the modern evolutionary synthesis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a theory of organic evolution claiming that new species arise and are perpetuated by natural selection


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  • ˜Darwinism™ as it is used today is isomorphic to Darwin's Darwinism, as Gayon puts it, is that each of these questions is still hotly debated, and has been throughout the theory's history.


  • One reason why people believe in Darwinism is proof that mankind existed prior to 4004 B. C., thus, we must have evolved from apes!

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  • Judson's criticism was not of Darwin or his work, but of the term Darwinism which she described as misleading.

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  • It doesn't help that the term Darwinism is actually used by scientists, although only to differentiate between early evolutionary hypotheses.

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  • One of the difficulties with the word Darwinism is its ambiguity.

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  • You'll never erase the word Darwinism from the lexicon, but people who know the story of Darwin's and Wallace's near-simultaneous inspirations — and there are an increasing number of those people now — accept that the ideas of survival of the fittest and the origin of species were the work of two people, not one.

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  • The term 'Darwinism' is more politically and philosophically polarized.

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  • Dembski's logic and most ID arguments very much hinge on the concept that "Darwinism" is a chance hypothesis of nature.

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  • So the move from RM/NS to "Darwinism" is slightly adrift.

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  • So the move from RM/NS to "Darwinism" is slightly adrift.

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