of, pertaining to, characterized by, or of the nature of a revolution, or a sudden, complete, or marked change: a revolutionary junta.
radically new or innovative; outside or beyond established procedure, principles, etc.: a revolutionary discovery.
(initial capital letter) of or relating to the American Revolution or to the period contemporaneous with it in U.S. history: Revolutionary heroes; Revolutionary weapons.
- rev·o·lu·tion·ar·i·ly, adverb
- rev·o·lu·tion·ar·i·ness, noun
- an·ti·rev·o·lu·tion·ar·y, noun, plural an·ti·rev·o·lu·tion·ar·ies, adjective
- non·rev·o·lu·tion·ar·y, adjective, noun, plural non·rev·o·lu·tion·ar·ies.
- post-Rev·o·lu·tion·ar·y, adjective
- pre·rev·o·lu·tion·ar·y, adjective
- pro·rev·o·lu·tion·ar·y, adjective
- sem·i·rev·o·lu·tion·ar·y, adjective, noun, plural sem·i·rev·o·lu·tion·ar·ies.
- ul·tra·rev·o·lu·tion·ar·y, adjective, noun, plural ul·tra·rev·o·lu·tion·ar·ies.
- un·rev·o·lu·tion·ar·y, adjective
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How to use revolutionary in a sentence
In many ways, what Reliable Robotics and XWing propose to do with unmanned flight is less revolutionary.Cessna makes history by taking off and landing with no one aboard. Here’s how | Jeremy Kahn | August 26, 2020 | Fortune
Among the most revolutionary is rethinking the need for daily visits to methadone clinics.Covid-19 has freed opioid addiction patients from daily methadone clinic visits | Annalisa Merelli | August 17, 2020 | Quartz
Gene editing stands out as the most revolutionary of these technologies.Biotechnology Could Change the Cattle Industry. Will It Succeed? | Dyllan Furness | August 16, 2020 | Singularity Hub
Head coach John Harbaugh said during a preseason interview last year that his team would have a revolutionary offense in its first full season with Lamar Jackson under center, and he was right.The Baltimore Ravens Used Their Tight Ends Differently | Andres Waters | July 30, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
The would-be revolutionaries seek an alternative cosmic recipe.An Alternative to Dark Matter Passes Critical Test | Charlie Wood | July 28, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
A dozen revolutionary Guards were caught deep inside Pakistan, tracking Rigi.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan | Umar Farooq | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
An attack last year that killed 16 Iranian soldiers was publicized as a “response to crimes of the revolutionary Guards in Syria.”The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan | Umar Farooq | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It is a revolutionary story, which threatens to upend the world as we know it.
Through her haircare line, named for her grandmother, Jessie Branch, Titi Branch was revolutionary.Goodbye To A Natural Hair Guru: Miss Jessie's Cofounder Titi Branch Dead At 45 | Danielle Belton | December 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The liberated soul does not cease to act, to think, to create, to instigate revolutionary flows.
Pierre Van Cortlandt, a distinguished revolutionary patriot, died at his seat at Croton river, aged 94.
During the revolutionary war he was commissary-general to the Pennsylvania division, and printer to congress.
John Stark, a major general in the revolutionary army, died, aged 93.
Tories will wax eloquent on "the pink miasma of revolutionary Radicalism."
He was the last surviving officer of the Delaware regiment in the revolutionary army.
British Dictionary definitions for revolutionary (1 of 2)
a person who advocates or engages in revolution
relating to or characteristic of a revolution
advocating or engaged in revolution
radically new or different: a revolutionary method of making plastics
rotating or revolving
- revolutionarily, adverb
British Dictionary definitions for Revolutionary (2 of 2)
mainly US of or relating to the conflict or period of the War of American Independence (1775–83)
of or relating to any of various other Revolutions, esp the Russian Revolution (1917) or the French Revolution (1789)
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