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

  • adj. Of or relating to polygenesis; polyphyletic.
  • adj. Having more than one source or origin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having many distinct sources; originating at various places or times.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to polygenesis; polyphyletic.
  • adj. One which is composite, or consists of two or more monogenetic ranges, each having had its own history of development.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having many distinct sources; originating at various places or times.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to polygenesis; polyphyletic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Formed by several different causes, in several different ways, or of several different parts.
  • Pertaining to or characterized by polygenesis.


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  • Many soils older than the Holocene have experienced one or more major climate changes, and possess properties that may be the complex effect of several stages of soil development, and are called polygenetic or relict soils.

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  • "polygenetic" view of both the Anabaptist and Baptist traditions, meaning they probably grew from multiple streams instead of a single source, he said.

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  • Richard Popkin (1977) and Naomi Zack (2002, 13-18) contend that the 1754 version of the essay assumes, without demonstration, an original, polygenetic difference between white and non-white races.


  • If we think teleologically, we see the unity of mankind, also in case of a polygenetic origin, in the unity of the metaphysical and teleological cause which called mankind into existence; and to rational beings, endowed with mind, as men are, the metaphysical bond is certainly stronger than the physical.

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  • This condition makes it appear quite possible that the family may be polygenetic.

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  • Furthermore, the concept of a signalosome involving disease-associated factors, such as DISC1 and glutamate, may well contribute to the multifactorial and polygenetic characteristics of schizophrenia.

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  • There are some that are simply outside the pale: polygenetic origin of humanity is one, for example; neo-Darwinism (at least in its full metaphysical implication, as discussed in our longer Definitions Appendix) should also be.

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  • In the past decade, the Casanova and Abel laboratory in Paris revealed that single genetic lesions in children confer severe and selective vulnerability to certain illnesses, whereas corresponding infections in adults result more from polygenetic inheritance.

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  • There is absolutely no doubt that the causation of IQ is polygenetic and what some of the genes are is now emerging in medical research.

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  • As Darwin argued in Descent, this quasi-polygenetic version of coevolution was unable to explain primeval man's initial dominance over rival ape-like populations.

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