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Lamarckian

[luh-mahr-kee-uh n] /ləˈmɑr ki ən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Jean de Lamarck or his theory of organic evolution.
noun
2.
a person who holds this theory.
Origin of Lamarckian
1840-1850
1840-50; Lamarck + -ian
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  • Development is already well advanced before Lamarckian factors can operate at all.

    Evolution Joseph Le Conte
  • Neither jaws nor brain can have been evolved on the Lamarckian principle.

  • Darwin moreover was a Lamarckian to the extent that he was inclined to think that acquired characteristics could be inherited.

    The Making of Species Douglas Dewar
  • But even in the two Lamarckian factors there is a difference in grade.

    Evolution Joseph Le Conte
  • When a boy, I used to arrange my collection of shells by the Lamarckian system, which had replaced the old Linnean classification.

    Lamarck, the Founder of Evolution Alpheus Spring Packard
  • Lamarckian views have never lacked defenders here and in America.

    Unconscious Memory Samuel Butler
  • Even a Lamarckian will allow this to be within the range of possibility.

    Heads and Tales Various
  • Oken was spinning in metaphysical Germany his fanciful parodies of the Lamarckian hypothesis.

    Charles Darwin Grant Allen
  • But it must be remembered that this is a different thing from saying that the Lamarckian interpretation is the true one.

  • Such hazy and indistinct thinkers as these are still really at the prior stage of Lamarckian evolutionism.

    Charles Darwin Grant Allen
British Dictionary definitions for Lamarckian

Lamarckian

/lɑːˈmɑːkɪən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Lamarck
noun
2.
a supporter of Lamarckism
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Word Origin and History for Lamarckian
adj.

1846, pertaining to French botanist and zoologist J.B.P. Lamarck (1744-1829), especially his view that the process of evolution includes the inheritance of acquired characteristics.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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