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evolutionary

[ev-uh-loo-shuh-ner-ee or, esp. British, ee-vuh-]
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  1. pertaining to evolution or development; developmental: the evolutionary origin of species.
  2. of, relating to, or in accordance with a theory of evolution, especially in biology.
  3. pertaining to or performing evolutions.

Origin of evolutionary

First recorded in 1840–50; evolution + -ary
Related formsev·o·lu·tion·ar·i·ly, adverban·ti·ev·o·lu·tion·ar·y, adjectivenon·ev·o·lu·tion·ar·y, adjectivepre·ev·o·lu·tion·ar·y, adjectivepro·ev·o·lu·tion·ar·y, adjectiveun·ev·o·lu·tion·ar·y, adjective
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Word Origin and History for evolutionarily

evolutionary

adj.

1846, from evolution + -ary.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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