The theory or doctrine that the soul of a child, like the body, is propagated by or inherited from the parents at conception, rather than being created directly by God. Opposed to creationism.
Often associated with the doctrine of original sin.
traducianism/trəˈdjuːsɪənɪz(ə)m/ /trəˈdjuːʃ(ə)nɪz(ə)m/ /trəˈdʒuːsɪənɪz(ə)m/
Mid 19th century. From traducian + -ism, after German Traducianismus.