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evolutionist

[ev-uh-loo-shuh-nist or, esp. British, ee-vuh-]
noun
  1. a person who believes in or supports a theory of evolution, especially in biology.
  2. a person who supports a policy of gradual growth or development rather than sudden change or expansion.
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adjective Also ev·o·lu·tion·is·tic.
  1. of or relating to evolution or evolutionists.
  2. believing in or supporting a theory of evolution, especially in biology.
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Origin of evolutionist

First recorded in 1855–60; evolution + -ist
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
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evolutionist

noun
  1. a person who believes in a theory of evolution, esp Darwin's theory of the evolution of plant and animal species
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adjective
  1. of or relating to a theory of evolution
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Derived Formsevolutionism, nounevolutionistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for evolutionist

n.

1859, from evolution + -ist. Related: Evolutionism.

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