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social Darwinism

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

  • noun The application of Darwinism to the study of human society, specifically a theory in sociology that individuals or groups achieve advantage over others as the result of genetic or biological superiority.

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  • noun A theory that the laws of evolution by natural selection also apply to social structures.

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