[ ev-uh-loo-shuh-ner-ee or, esp. British, ee-vuh- ]
/ ˌɛv əˈlu ʃəˌnɛr i or, esp. British, ˌi və- /


pertaining to evolution or development; developmental: the evolutionary origin of species.
of, relating to, or in accordance with a theory of evolution, especially in biology.
pertaining to or performing evolutions.

Nearby words

  1. evoked potential,
  2. evoked response,
  3. evolute,
  4. evolution,
  5. evolution of carbon dioxide,
  6. evolutionary algorithm,
  7. evolutionary biology,
  8. evolutionary fitness,
  9. evolutionary medicine,
  10. evolutionary psychology

Origin of evolutionary

First recorded in 1840–50; evolution + -ary

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Word Origin and History for evolutionarily



1846, from evolution + -ary.

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