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evolutionary

[ev-uh-loo-shuh-ner-ee or, esp. British, ee-vuh-] /ˌɛv əˈlu ʃəˌnɛr i or, esp. British, ˌi və-/
adjective
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
1840-1850
First recorded in 1840-50; evolution + -ary
Related forms
evolutionarily, adverb
antievolutionary, adjective
nonevolutionary, adjective
preevolutionary, adjective
proevolutionary, adjective
unevolutionary, adjective
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  • The latter was as evolutionary and as revolutionary as the Home Rule Bill.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • It had other, profounder consequences from the evolutionary point of view.

    Socialism John Spargo
  • Butler's thought was too moving, too vital, too evolutionary, for the sceptics of his time.

  • Darwin was the greatest of prophets in the most evolutionary of worlds.

  • The problem as Geoffroy and Cuvier understood it was not an evolutionary one.

    Form and Function E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
Word Origin and History for evolutionary
adj.

1846, from evolution + -ary.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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