Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The theory that all living organisms are descended from a single cell or organism.
  • n. Asexual reproduction, as by sporulation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The theory that mankind originated with a single ancestor or ancestral couple.
  • n. The theory that all languages, or a particular set of languages, originated from a single source.
  • n. The emergence from a single cause.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Oneness of origin; esp. (Biol.), development of all beings in the universe from a single cell; -- opposed to polygenesis. Called also monism.
  • n. That form of reproduction which requires but one parent, as in reproduction by fission or in the formation of buds, etc., which drop off and form new individuals; asexual reproduction.
  • n. The direct development of an embryo, without metamorphosis, into an organism similar to the parent organism; -- opposed to metagenesis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In biology:
  • n. Development of the ovum from a parent similar to itself: opposed to metagenesis.
  • n. Generation of an individual from one parent which develops both male and female products, or ova and spermatozoa.
  • n. Descent of all living things from a single cell.
  • n. Origination or derivation from a single species, or, in a restricted sense, from a single pair. Contrasted with polygenesis (which see).

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

  • n. asexual reproduction by the production and release of spores

Etymologies

mono- + -genesis (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Go check out the views known as monogenesis and polygenesis that appear as scientific cover for a growing view of white supremacy that did not exist prior to the 1800's.

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  • David Hume's position on the conflict between polygenesis versus monogenesis is the subject of some scholarly debate.

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  • Although the Catholic Gobineau initially espoused monogenesis, he later leaned towards polygenesis and ended up ambivalent on this issue

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  • This may or may not be tied into debate about the genesis of pidgins, with one school of thought claiming there was a single source (monogenesis) and one arguing that pidgins arose separately (polygenesis) (a second battle is over substrate, superstrate, or bio-program, a glossary to figure out the terminology is here)

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  • The denial of an innate and privileged character of the Adamic language does not, however, mean denial of the doctrine of the monogenesis of languages.

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  • Closely related to the confusion of tongues was the problem of China's antiquity and history, and its rela - tionship to orthodox Christian and Western beliefs in monogenesis.

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  • The late discovery of the monogenesis, reciprocal convertibility, and indestructibility of all Forces in nature, leads us upward towards the recognition of one Omnipresent and Omnipotent Will, which, like a mighty tide, sweeps through the universe and effects all its changes.

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  • Drawing inspiration from British anthropologists, Darwin made the early development of language, hence mental monogenesis, central to his account of human evolution.

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  • (One of the mysterious monosyllables, explained by regular phonetic change and not a justification for the monogenesis of language as hypothesized by Chloe Grant in her more speculative moods.)

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  • “accident” (when a more obvious source would have been monogenesis!).

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