evolutionary

[ev-uh-loo-shuh-ner-ee or, esp. British, ee-vuh-]
adjective
1.
pertaining to evolution or development; developmental: the evolutionary origin of species.
2.
of, pertaining to, or in accordance with a theory of evolution, especially in biology.
3.
pertaining to or performing evolutions.

Origin:
1840–50; evolution + -ary

evolutionarily, adverb
antievolutionary, adjective
nonevolutionary, adjective
preevolutionary, adjective
proevolutionary, adjective
unevolutionary, adjective
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evolution (ˌiːvəˈluːʃən)
 
n
1.  biology See also natural selection a gradual change in the characteristics of a population of animals or plants over successive generations: accounts for the origin of existing species from ancestors unlike them
2.  a gradual development, esp to a more complex form: the evolution of modern art
3.  the act of throwing off, as heat, gas, vapour, etc
4.  a pattern formed by a series of movements or something similar
5.  Compare involution an algebraic operation in which the root of a number, expression, etc, is extracted
6.  military an exercise carried out in accordance with a set procedure or plan
 
[C17: from Latin ēvolūtiō an unrolling, from ēvolvere to evolve]
 
evo'lutionary
 
adj
 
evo'lutional
 
adj

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Example sentences for evolutionary
The evolutionary synthesis perspectives on the unification of biology.
Adaptation and natural selection a critique of some current evolutionary
  thought.
This successful evolutionary pattern has also been utilized by mimics.
Evolutionary microbiology the study of the evolution of microbes.
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