Definition of social Darwinism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


social Darwinism

BrE BrE//ˌsəʊʃl ˈdɑːwɪnɪzm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌsoʊʃl ˈdɑːrwɪnɪzm//
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the theory that people are affected by the same laws of natural selection as plants and animals Social Darwinism has been used to justify racist policies.
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