[ev-uh-loo-shuh-ner-ee or, esp. British, ee-vuh-]


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.

Origin of evolutionary

First recorded in 1840–50; evolution + -ary
Related formsev·o·lu·tion·ar·i·ly, adverban·ti·ev·o·lu·tion·ar·y, adjectivenon·ev·o·lu·tion·ar·y, adjectivepre·ev·o·lu·tion·ar·y, adjectivepro·ev·o·lu·tion·ar·y, adjectiveun·ev·o·lu·tion·ar·y, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of evolutionary

Historical Examples of evolutionary

  • The latter was as evolutionary and as revolutionary as the Home Rule Bill.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • It had other, profounder consequences from the evolutionary point of view.


    John Spargo

  • Butler's thought was too moving, too vital, too evolutionary, for the sceptics of his time.

  • Darwin was the greatest of prophets in the most evolutionary of worlds.

  • The problem as Geoffroy and Cuvier understood it was not an evolutionary one.

    Form and Function

    E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell

Word Origin and History for evolutionary

1846, from evolution + -ary.

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