[ev-uh-loo-shuh-nist or, esp. British, ee-vuh-]
a person who believes in or supports a theory of evolution, especially in biology.
a person who supports a policy of gradual growth or development rather than sudden change or expansion.
adjective Also ev·o·lu·tion·is·tic.
of or relating to evolution or evolutionists. believing in or supporting a theory of evolution, especially in biology.
Origin of evolutionist
Related formsev·o·lu·tion·ism, nounev·o·lu·tion·is·ti·cal·ly, adverban·ti·ev·o·lu·tion·ist, noun, adjectivean·ti·ev·o·lu·tion·is·tic, adjectivenon·ev·o·lu·tion·ist, nounpre·ev·o·lu·tion·ist, nounpro·ev·o·lu·tion·ist, adjective, noun
First recorded in 1855–60; evolution
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
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Historical Examples of evolutionism
That is to say that neo-Lamarckism is no more able than any other form of evolutionism to solve the problem.
Thanks to M. Quinton, evolutionism should rather be termed revolutionism.
As a matter of taste, Lyell did not relish the application of evolutionism to his own species.
Long ago, in the infantile days of evolutionism, I often wondered why people made collections on such an irrational plan.
And evolutionism is gradually though slowly filtering downward.
British Dictionary definitions for evolutionism
a person who believes in a theory of evolution, esp Darwin's theory of the evolution of plant and animal species
Derived Formsevolutionism, nounevolutionistic, adjective
of or relating to a theory of evolution
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