the movement devoted to improving the human species through the control of hereditary factors in mating
Origin of eugenics; from Classical Greek eugenēs (see Eugene) + -ics
noun(used with a sing. verb)
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.
- (biology) The science of improving stock, whether human or animal.
- (philosophy) A social philosophy which advocates the improvement of human hereditary qualities through selective breeding.
Comes from Ancient Greek meaning "good breeding". Coined in 1883 by an English scientist, Francis Galton, who was cousin of Charles Darwin.