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

  • noun The study or practice of attempting to improve the human gene pool by encouraging the reproduction of people considered to have desirable traits and discouraging or preventing the reproduction of people considered to have undesirable traits.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The science of generative or procreative development; the doctrine of progress or evolution, especially in the human race, through improved conditions in the relations of the sexes.

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

  • noun The science of improving stock, whether human or animal.

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  • noun biology The science of improving stock, whether human or animal.
  • noun philosophy A social philosophy which advocates the improvement of human hereditary qualities through selective breeding.

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

  • noun the study of methods of improving genetic qualities by selective breeding (especially as applied to human mating)

Etymologies

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Comes from Ancient Greek meaning "good breeding". Coined in 1883 by an English scientist, Francis Galton, who was cousin of Charles Darwin.

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