[ev-uh-loo-shuh-nist or, esp. British, ee-vuh-]
- 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.
Origin of evolutionist
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Examples from the Web for evolutionist
I am a theist and an evolutionist, to be sure, but the combined term makes no sense to me.Meet the Prizewinning Catholic Biologist Creationists Can’t Stand
Karl W. Giberson
April 6, 2014
Thus, to Spencer, the evolutionist theory contains no immorality.Initiation into Philosophy
Prof. Poulton also tries to show that Prichard was an evolutionist.More Letters of Charles Darwin
The rector has come out, in a quiet way, as an evolutionist.A Mortal Antipathy
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
The advocate of creation is in this matter in no worse position than the evolutionist.
But if we grant this second demand, the evolutionist has a third in store for us.
- 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
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Word Origin and History for evolutionist
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