- the application, chiefly in the late 19th cent., of Darwinism to the understanding of human society
- the theory that individuals, ethnic groups, etc. achieve success or dominance because of inherent genetic superiority and a resultant competitive advantage
- social Darwinist
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.