- the act or process of developing; growth; progress: child development; economic development.
- a significant consequence or event: recent developments in the field of science.
- a developed or advanced state or form: Drama reached its highest development in the plays of Shakespeare.
- Music. the part of a movement or composition in which a theme or themes are developed, or unfolded and elaborated, by various technical means, so as to reveal their inherent possibilities.
- a large group of private houses or of apartment houses, often of similar design, constructed as a unified community, especially by a real-estate developer or government organization.
- Chess. the act or process of developing chess pieces.
- Mining. the work of digging openings, as tunnels, raises, and winzes, to give access to new workings, and of erecting necessary structures.
Origin of development
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Examples from the Web for developmentally
Adolescents at that age are “developmentally more fully formed and able to make their own decisions,” says Dr. Davis.Is Your Kid’s Coach Too Mean?
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Newtown Patch reports that Ryan Lanza told a close friend that he thinks his developmentally disabled brother committed the crime.What We Know So Far About Connecticut School Shooter Adam Lanza
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Carlos DeLuna, who was arrested for the crime, was developmentally disabled and had a low IQ.10 Shocking Bits From Book About How Texas Executed an Innocent Man
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And 38 percent of children whose mothers used cocaine while pregnant are developmentally delayed.15 Signs You'll Raise a Genius
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Santorum and Palin each have a developmentally disabled child – itself a rare phenomenon in presidential politics.Republican Candidates' Baby Boom
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Developmentally and histologically there are no fundamental divergences from the teeth of vertebrates lower in the scale.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia
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- the act or process of growing, progressing, or developing
- the product or result of developing
- a fact, event, or happening, esp one that changes a situation
- an area or tract of land that has been developed
- Also called: development section the section of a movement, usually in sonata form, in which the basic musical themes are developed
- the process of developing pieces
- the manner in which they are developed
- the position of the pieces in the early part of a game with reference to their attacking potential or defensive efficiency
Word Origin and History for developmentally
1756, "an unfolding;" see develop + -ment. Of property, with the sense "bringing out the latent possibilities," from 1885 (Pickering's glossary of Americanisms, 1816, has betterments "The improvements made on new lands, by cultivation, and the erection of buildings, &c."). Meaning "state of economic advancement" is from 1902. Meaning "advancement through progressive stages" is 1836.
- The act of developing.
- The state of being developed.
- A significant event, occurrence, or change.
- The natural progression from a previous, simpler, or embryonic stage to a later, more complex, or adult stage.