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

  • adj. Of or relating to Lamarckism.
  • n. A supporter of Lamarckism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A supporter or an advocate of Lamarckism.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to Lamarckism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, or involved in, the doctrines of Lamarckianism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the French naturalist Lamarck. See Lamarckism.
  • n. One who holds the Lamarckian theory. See Lamarckism.

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

  • adj. of or relating to Lamarckism
  • n. a believer in Lamarckism


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  • Of all the benefits, real or imaginary, of a robust vocabulary, perhaps the most appealing is that vocabulary is heritable — that you can pass it along to your children like an acquired trait in Lamarckian evolution.


  • The orchestra has an institutional affinity for Berlioz that somehow gets passed down in Lamarckian fashion, but Les Troyens is a horse of a different color, as it were; the performance seemed to mark the transition from Levine's honeymoon period into a new era at the BSO.

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  • He incorporated so-called Lamarckian ideas into his work, but he never quite cracked the nut of heredity.

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  • American school, have advocated more and more strongly the importance of what may be called the Lamarckian factors of evolution, -- the inherited effects of increased or diminished use of organs, the direct influence of the environment, and so forth.

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  • The so-called Lamarckian theory, for instance, cannot be brought to bear upon the facts at all; and on the theory of special creation it is unintelligible why the phenomena of protective colouring should be of such general occurrence.

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  • Several scientists have also noted that prion-dependent phenotypes raise the very real possibility of specific direct environmental induction of a heritable phenotypic trait, a kind of Lamarckian evolution, or pre-programmed phenotypic switch 2-4,6,8,12.

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  • Although of course, heredity in Tolkien is some kind of Lamarckian-Lysenkoist notion - it's very obvious that acquired traits are inherited in Tolkien's Middle-Earth, so the fear of

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  • Interestingly, the Darwinian and Lamarckian worldviews are intersecting in 2010.

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  • This means that a Lamarckian shift in brain wiring will almost certainly result in a seriously suboptimal configuration unlikely to thrive individually or collectively.

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  • In the second phase, the community rapidly developed complexity through the frictionless exchange of novelty enabled by the genetic code, a dynamic we recognize to be patently Lamarckian (19).

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