Meaning of Weismannist in English:

Weismannist

adjective

  • Relating to or characteristic of the German biologist August Weismann or his theory of evolution and heredity.

    ‘this theory of heredity was Weismannist to its core’
    • ‘He promised to repudiate henceforth Weismannist formal genetics and blamed his teachers for his past errors.’
    • ‘Mendelian inheritance is in fact an instance of a more general mechanism called Weismannist inheritance.’
    • ‘This is the Weismannist assumption, expressed colloquially by saying that acquired characters are not inherited.’
    • ‘The Weismannist position attains its reductio ad absurdam in the fantasies of sociobiology in which the organism is regarded as merely a vehicle for genes.’
    • ‘I gave a brief explanation of how the Weismannist view had been given a molecular interpretation: acquired characters are not inherited because information cannot pass from protein to DNA.’

noun

  • An adherent of the German biologist August Weismann's theory of evolution and heredity.

    ‘Weismannists uphold the so-called chromosome theory of heredity’
    • ‘The representatives of reactionary biological science - Neo-Darwinians, Weismannists, or Mendelist-Morganists - uphold the so-called chromosome theory of heredity.’
    • ‘The directors of the biological section installed cadres of Weismannists in the institutes under their direction.’
    • ‘Both Lamarckians and Weismannists admit that the better adapted to its surroundings a living form may be, the more likely it is to outbreed its compeers.’
    • ‘According to Weismannists, habit, effort, and intelligence acquired during the experience of any one life goes for nothing.’
    • ‘It cannot be denied that in the controversy that flared up between the Weismannists and Lamarckians in the beginning of the twentieth century, the Lamarckians were closer to the truth.’

Pronunciation

Weismannist

/ˈvʌɪsmənɪst/