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[ev-uh-loo-shuh-ner-ee or, esp. British, ee-vuh-] /ˌɛv əˈlu ʃəˌnɛr i or, esp. British, ˌi və-/
pertaining to evolution or development; developmental:
the evolutionary origin of species.
of, relating to, or in accordance with a theory of evolution, especially in biology.
pertaining to or performing evolutions.
Origin of evolutionary
First recorded in 1840-50; evolution + -ary
Related forms
evolutionarily, adverb
antievolutionary, adjective
nonevolutionary, adjective
preevolutionary, adjective
proevolutionary, adjective
unevolutionary, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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

1846, from evolution + -ary.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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