social Darwinismsocial Darwinism
- the application, chiefly in the late 19th cent., of Darwinism to the understanding of human society
- any belief or theory that attempts to explain human society in terms of natural selection, specif., the theory that individuals, ethnic groups, etc. achieve success or dominance because of inherent genetic superiority and a resultant competitive advantage
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.