What does the word degeneracy mean?

Usage examples for degeneracy

  1. Sipping their tea in the pleasant, sunny room, they discussed matters of common interest- Plank's recent fishing trip on Long Island and the degeneracy of liver- fed trout; the North Side Club's Experiments with European partridges; Billy Fleetwood's new stables; forestry, and the chance of national legislation concerning it- a subject of which Plank was very fond, and on which he had exceedingly sound ideas. – The Fighting Chance by Robert W. Chambers
  2. Besides, is there anything that makes more directly for the degeneracy of character than such evasion? – Love's Final Victory by Horatio
  3. The genius of the race forbids degeneracy. – Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield