An ethical stance that assigns different worth or rights to beings on the basis of their species membership, such as assigning vastly different rights to animals and to humans.
See Also: speciesist, speciesm, speciest, specism, specist

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  • Speciesism — involves assigning different values or rights to beings on the basis of their species membership. The term was coined by British psychologist Richard D. Ryder in 1973 to denote a prejudice based on physical differences.Ryder, Richard. [http://www …   Wikipedia

  • speciesism — (n.) discrimination against certain animals based on assumption of human superiority, first attested 1975 in Richard D. Ryder s Victims of Science, from SPECIES (Cf. species) + ISM (Cf. ism) …   Etymology dictionary

  • speciesism — [spē′shēz iz΄əm, spē′sēziz΄əm] n. discrimination against or exploitation of animals based on the assumption that humans are superior to and more important than all other species …   English World dictionary

  • speciesism — noun Date: 1973 1. prejudice or discrimination based on species; especially discrimination against animals 2. the assumption of human superiority on which speciesism is based …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • speciesism — /ˈspisizɪzəm/ (say speeseezizuhm) noun human discrimination against other animal species, especially in regard to the exploitation of certain animals for human benefit: *Speciesism is logically parallel to racism and sexism. Speciesists, racists …   Australian English dictionary

  • speciesism — speciesist, adj., n. /spee shee ziz euhm, see ziz /, n. discrimination in favor of one species, usually the human species, over another, esp. in the exploitation or mistreatment of animals by humans. [1970 75; SPECIES + ISM] * * * …   Universalium

  • speciesism — By analogy with racism or sexism, the improper stance of refusing respect to the lives, dignity, rights or needs of animals of other than the human species …   Philosophy dictionary

  • speciesism — spe|cies|ism [ spiʃiz,iz(ə)m ] noun uncount INFORMAL the idea that animals are less important than humans and do not have as many natural rights ╾ spec|ies|ist noun count, adjective …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Speciesism — belief that rights, and moral standing and/or moral personhood ought to be assigned on the basis of species membership. Usually involves the belief that humans have greater value or worth than other animal species …   Mini philosophy glossary

  • speciesism — [ spi:ʃi:ˌzɪz(ə)m, spi:s ] noun the assumption of human superiority over other creatures, leading to the exploitation of animals. Derivatives speciesist adjective &noun …   English new terms dictionary

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