eugenics


eugenics
eugenics 1883, coined (along with adj. eugenic) by English scientist Francis Galton (1822-1911) on analogy of ethics, physics, etc. from Gk. eugenes "well-born, of good stock, of noble race," from eu- "good" (see EU- (Cf. eu-)) + genos "birth" (see GENUS (Cf. genus)).
The investigation of human eugenics, that is, of the conditions under which men of a high type are produced. [Galton, "Human Faculty," 1883]

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