Generation (from the Latin generāre, meaning "to beget"), also known as procreation in biological sciences, is the act of producing offspring.
In kinship terminology it is a structural term designating the parent-child relationship. The term is also often used synonymously with cohort in social science, even though some researchers believe that this usage is misleading; under this formulation the term means "people within a delineated population who experience the same significant event within a given period of time." Generation in this sense of birth cohort is widely used in popular culture, and has been the basis for much social analysis.
Famous quotes containing the word generation:
“Man is distinguished, not only by his reason; but also by this singular passion from other animals ... which is a lust of the mind, that by a perseverance of delight in the continual and indefatigable generation of knowledge, exceeds the short vehemence of any carnal pleasure.”
—Thomas Hobbes (15881679)
“Progress is the injustice each generation commits with regard to its predecessors.”
—E.M. Cioran (b. 1911)
“Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.”
—Henry David Thoreau (18171862)