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uniformitarian

[yoo-nuh-fawr-mi-tair-ee-uh n] /ˌyu nəˌfɔr mɪˈtɛər i ən/
adjective
1.
supporting, conforming to, or derived from a theory or doctrine about uniformity, especially on the subject of geology.
2.
Geology. of or relating to the thesis that processes that operated in the remote geological past are not different from those observed now.
noun
3.
a person who accepts or supports a uniformitarian theory.
Origin of uniformitarian
1830-1840
First recorded in 1830-40; uniformit(y) + -arian
Related forms
uniformitarianism, noun
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uniformitarian

/ˌjuːnɪˌfɔːmɪˈtɛərɪən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to uniformitarianism
2.
of, characterized by, or conforming to uniformity
noun
3.
a supporter of a theory of uniformity or of uniformitarianism
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