supporting, conforming to, or derived from a theory or doctrine about uniformity, especially on the subject of geology.
Geology. of or relating to the thesis that processes that operated in the remote geological past are not different from those observed now.
a person who accepts or supports a uniformitarian theory.
- u·ni·form·i·tar·i·an·ism, noun
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How to use uniformitarian in a sentence
The uniformitarian teaching which Lyell deduced from geological observation had gained acceptance.Evolution in Modern Thought | Ernst Haeckel
This is the uniformitarian view, and is undoubtedly far truer than the catastrophic.
A few, like MacCulloch, undervalued palæontological research, and thus were doubly prejudiced against the uniformitarian views.Charles Lyell and Modern Geology | Thomas George Bonney
And here Lamarck, in spite of his uniformitarian principles, is strongly cataclysmic.Lamarck, the Founder of Evolution | Alpheus Spring Packard
In all this, of course, I am considering the question from the common uniformitarian standpoint.Illogical Geology | George McCready Price
British Dictionary definitions for uniformitarian
of or relating to uniformitarianism
of, characterized by, or conforming to uniformity
a supporter of a theory of uniformity or of uniformitarianism
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