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[ev-uh-loo-shuh-ner-ee or, esp. British, ee-vuh-] /ˌɛv əˈlu ʃəˌnɛr i or, esp. British, ˌi və-/
pertaining to evolution or development; developmental:
the evolutionary origin of species.
of, relating to, or in accordance with a theory of evolution, especially in biology.
pertaining to or performing evolutions.
Origin of evolutionary
1840-50; evolution + -ary
Related forms
evolutionarily, adverb
antievolutionary, adjective
nonevolutionary, adjective
preevolutionary, adjective
proevolutionary, adjective
unevolutionary, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • They are well-nigh hopelessly ignorant of the significance, or even the existence, of the great basic truths of evolutionary life.

    Solaris Farm Milan C. Edson
  • The evolutionary development of this instinct is not altogether mysterious.

    The Psychology of Singing David C. Taylor
  • This principle plainly shows an evolutionary tendency of all living particles toward a final state of complete intelligence.

    Born Again Alfred Lawson
  • It had other, profounder consequences from the evolutionary point of view.

    Socialism John Spargo
  • The cosmical modus operandi was not creative nor evolutionary, but sexual.

    The Soul of the Far East Percival Lowell
Word Origin and History for evolutionary

1846, from evolution + -ary.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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