from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of, pertaining to, or based on, population.

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  • adjective Of or pertaining to population


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  • It's not just that there are "no signs of reduction in demand" as you say; it's more the case that this sector of the overall market is one of the fastest-growing and has one of the broadest populational bases of any ever seen.

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  • Ethnographies and quantitative populational studies will both continue to be informative.

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  • These accounts do not focus on individual causal properties but on populational change.


  • Some philosophers (Millstein 2006, Stephens 2004) have developed accounts that avoid this problem by arguing that natural selection, while treating populations, remains genuinely causal, maintaining the explanatory role of natural selection and fitness, and therefore fixing some explanatory grounding for the populational models.


  • Some see it as a statistical description that emerges from populational phenomena


  • They argue inductively for the future success of these models, but without a unified explicit causal grounding for the populational patterns they describe; it isn't clear how the theory of natural selection could be more than merely a collections of past successful modelling efforts.


  • One irony in this account, is that a justification for adopting this view is the perceived success of acausal populational models: if fitness understood causally does not add anything to population genetics models, and if population genetics models ˜just work™ why posit a causal account of fitness in the first place?


  • Proponents of populational interpretations (acausal or not) generally endorse a so-called probabilistic propensity definition of fitness which we shall now examine.


  • Those are populational trends worth considering in designing a game.

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  • Preferential play patterns represent populational tendencies, not hard-and-fast genetic destinies and please don't bother writing up your anecdotal account of how your girlfriend loves to frag things or your boyfriend loves Harvest Moon, these demonstrate nothing generalizable.

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