acquired characteristics

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acquired characteristics

Features of an organism, such as the human being, arising from environmental influences or bodily functioning, rather than from heredity.

ac·quired char·ac·ter

(ă-kwīrd' kar'ăk-tĕr)
Character developed due to environmental influences.
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Although Lamarck invented the term "biology" and made important contributions to the study of invertebrates, his name became linked almost synonymously with the inheritance of acquired characters.
In fields such as education, eugenics, and public hygiene, some argued that only the inheritance of acquired characters could justify attempts at social improvement (Russett 199).