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evolutionary

[ev-uh-loo-shuh-ner-ee or, esp. British, ee-vuh-]
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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

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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Historical Examples

  • 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