[ ev-uh-loo-shuh-nist or, esp. British, ee-vuh- ]
/ ˌɛv əˈlu ʃə nɪst or, esp. British, ˌi və- /


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

First recorded in 1855–60; evolution + -ist

OTHER WORDS FROM evolutionist

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British Dictionary definitions for evolutionist

/ (ˌiːvəˈluːʃənɪst) /


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


of or relating to a theory of evolution

Derived forms of evolutionist

evolutionism, nounevolutionistic, adjective
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