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Definition of "inbreeding" []

  • The breeding of related individuals within an isolated or a closed group of organisms or people. (noun)
  • The continued breeding of closely related individuals so as to preserve desirable traits in a stock. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "inbreeding" in a sentence
  • "I think that inbreeding is dictated by the structure of academia, at least in economics."
  • "WASHINGTON (CNN) – Vice President Dick Cheney apologized Monday for what his spokeswoman called "an inappropriate attempt at humor" that implied that inbreeding is common among West Virginians, a remark that elicited outrage from the state's senior senator."
  • "And here we see a perfect example of why inbreeding is unhealthy for Mankind."