from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The assertion or belief that physical and biological systems observed in the universe result from purposeful design by an intelligent being rather than from chance or undirected natural processes.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A conjecture claiming that biological life on Earth, or more broadly, the universe as a whole, was created by a (specified or unspecified) intelligent agent rather than being the result of undirected natural processes.
Coined in the 1987 draft of Of Pandas and People by Percival Davis and Dean H. Kenyon, as a repackaging of the term creationism after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the teaching of creationism in Edwards v. Aguillard (1987). (Wiktionary)