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[ev-uh-loo-shuh-nist or, esp. British, ee-vuh-] /ˌɛv əˈlu ʃə nɪst or, esp. British, ˌi və-/
a person who believes in or supports a theory of evolution, especially in biology.
a person who supports a policy of gradual growth or development rather than sudden change or expansion.
adjective, Also, evolutionistic
of or relating to evolution or evolutionists.
believing in or supporting a theory of evolution, especially in biology.
Origin of evolutionist
First recorded in 1855-60; evolution + -ist
Related forms
evolutionism, noun
evolutionistically, adverb
antievolutionist, noun, adjective
antievolutionistic, adjective
nonevolutionist, noun
preevolutionist, noun
proevolutionist, adjective, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for evolutionism
Historical Examples
  • That is to say that neo-Lamarckism is no more able than any other form of evolutionism to solve the problem.

    Creative Evolution Henri Bergson
  • Thanks to M. Quinton, evolutionism should rather be termed revolutionism.

    Philosophic Nights In Paris Remy De Gourmont
  • As a matter of taste, Lyell did not relish the application of evolutionism to his own species.

    Charles Darwin Grant Allen
  • Long ago, in the infantile days of evolutionism, I often wondered why people made collections on such an irrational plan.

  • And evolutionism is gradually though slowly filtering downward.

    Charles Darwin Grant Allen
  • Such hazy and indistinct thinkers as these are still really at the prior stage of Lamarckian evolutionism.

    Charles Darwin Grant Allen
  • The Nestor of evolutionism, he had lived among two successive generations of thinkers, and over the third he ruled as king.

    Charles Darwin Grant Allen
  • In this way the end of evolutionism would be reduced to the end of utilitarianism.

    On the Ethics of Naturalism William Ritchie Sorley
  • Darwin's Origin of Species appeared in 1859, and marked another step in Spencer's evolutionism.

    Herbert Spencer J. Arthur Thomson
  • Always again the contradiction presents itself, socialism and anarchism; or, as deeply understood, evolutionism and revolutionism.

British Dictionary definitions for evolutionism


a person who believes in a theory of evolution, esp Darwin's theory of the evolution of plant and animal species
of or relating to a theory of evolution
Derived Forms
evolutionism, noun
evolutionistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for evolutionism



1859, from evolution + -ist. Related: Evolutionism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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