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evolutionary

[ev-uh-loo-shuh-ner-ee or, esp. British, ee-vuh-] /ˌɛv əˈlu ʃəˌnɛr i or, esp. British, ˌi və-/
adjective
1.
pertaining to evolution or development; developmental:
the evolutionary origin of species.
2.
of, relating to, or in accordance with a theory of evolution, especially in biology.
3.
pertaining to or performing evolutions.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; evolution + -ary
Related forms
evolutionarily, adverb
antievolutionary, adjective
nonevolutionary, adjective
preevolutionary, adjective
proevolutionary, adjective
unevolutionary, adjective
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Word Origin and History for pre-evolutionary

evolutionary

adj.

1846, from evolution + -ary.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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