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1. the concept that the environment and learning are the chief determinants of behavior and thus are the major cause of interpersonal variations in ability and adjustment; accordingly, behavior is largely modifiable. Compare hereditarianism. See also nature–nurture.

2. a social movement and position that emphasizes the ecological relationship between humans and the natural environment and strives to protect the environment as an essential resource. —environmentalist n.

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February 26th 2024

life cycle

life cycle

1. the sequence of developmental stages through which an organism passes between a specified stage of one generation (e.g., fertilization, birth) and the same stage in the next generation.

2. the series of stages that characterizes the lifespan of a group, institution, culture, or product.