evolutionary

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

adjective

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.

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Origin of evolutionary

First recorded in 1840–50; evolution + -ary

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