evolutionist

[ ev-uh-loo-shuh-nist or, especially British, ee-vuh- ]
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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.

adjectiveAlso 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.

Origin of evolutionist

1
First recorded in1855–60; evolution + -ist

Other words from evolutionist

  • ev·o·lu·tion·ism, noun
  • ev·o·lu·tion·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb
  • an·ti·ev·o·lu·tion·ist, noun, adjective
  • an·ti·ev·o·lu·tion·is·tic, adjective
  • non·ev·o·lu·tion·ist, noun
  • pre·ev·o·lu·tion·ist, noun
  • pro·ev·o·lu·tion·ist, adjective, noun

Words Nearby evolutionist

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How to use evolutionist in a sentence

  • Such cases may be regarded by the evolutionist as exceptional, and he may invent some new hypothesis to account for them.

  • Favier himself, as will be seen, is an evolutionist after his own fashion, an evolutionist of a very daring type.

    More Hunting Wasps | J. Henri Fabre
  • This principle the evolutionist applies to the whole universe which he says came in a similar way.

    The Other Side of Evolution | Alexander Patterson
  • All these have been in turn combatted by other evolutionist writers, and the war goes on and has produced libraries of volumes.

    The Other Side of Evolution | Alexander Patterson
  • Prof. Conn, an evolutionist, admits the presence of many facts disclosed by geology which oppose the theory of Evolution.

    The Other Side of Evolution | Alexander Patterson

British Dictionary definitions for evolutionist

evolutionist

/ (ˌiːvəˈluːʃənɪst) /


noun
  1. a person who believes in a theory of evolution, esp Darwin's theory of the evolution of plant and animal species

adjective
  1. of or relating to a theory of evolution

Derived forms of evolutionist

  • evolutionism, noun
  • evolutionistic, adjective

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