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1. Old; long-established. It is an inveterate and received opinion. (Bacon)

2. Firmly established by long continuance; obstinate; deep-rooted; of long standing; as, an inveterate disease; an inveterate abuse. Heal the inveterate canker of one wound. (Shak)

3. Having habits fixed by long continuance; confirmed; habitual; as, an inveterate idler or smoker.

4. Malignant; virulent; spiteful.

Origin: L. Inveteratus, p. P. Of inveterare to render old; pref. In- in _ vetus, veteris, old. See veteran.

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Genetics cannot account for generation of new species

... or be neutral, and whether they persist and spread through following generations, changing the basic "type" (until humans, being the inveterate labellers that we are, want to call it a new species), is determined very non-randomly by the current circumstances.

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by Darby
Wed Jun 03, 2009 12:54 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Genetics cannot account for generation of new species
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