evolutionary
adjective see evolution

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  • evolutionary — UK US /ˌIːvəˈluːʃənəri/ /ˌevəˈ / US  / er / adjective ► developing a product, service, or process by making many gradual changes: evolutionary change/progress/development »Sustainable business development involves systematically creating a better …   Financial and business terms

  • Evolutionary — Ev o*lu tion*a*ry, a. Relating to evolution; as, evolutionary discussions. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • evolutionary — 1846, from EVOLUTION (Cf. evolution) + ARY (Cf. ary) …   Etymology dictionary

  • evolutionary — ev|o|lu|tion|a|ry [ˌi:vəˈlu:ʃənəri, ˌevə US ˌevəˈlu:ʃəneri] adj 1.) relating to the way in which plants and animals develop and change gradually over a long period of time ▪ the evolutionary development of birds ▪ Some scientists have rejected… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • evolutionary — [[t]i͟ːvəlu͟ːʃənri, AM neri[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n Evolutionary means relating to a process of gradual change and development. ...an evolutionary process. ...a period of evolutionary change …   English dictionary

  • evolutionary — adjective 1 connected with scientific evolution: evolutionary biology 2 connected with gradual change and development: an evolutionary process …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • evolutionary — evolutionarily, adv. /ev euh looh sheuh ner ee/ or, esp. Brit., /ee veuh /, adj. 1. pertaining to evolution or development; developmental: the evolutionary origin of species. 2. of, pertaining to, or in accordance with a theory of evolution, esp …   Universalium

  • evolutionary — adjective Of or pertaining to evolution. The evolutionary history of marine mammals includes land dwelling ancestors …   Wiktionary

  • evolutionary — adj. Evolutionary is used with these nouns: ↑adaptation, ↑biologist, ↑biology, ↑change, ↑development, ↑ecology, ↑genetics, ↑history, ↑ladder, ↑origin, ↑past, ↑ …   Collocations dictionary

  • evolutionary — /ɛvəˈluʃənri/ (say evuh loohshuhnree), /ivə / (say eevuh ), / nəri/ (say nuhree) adjective 1. relating to evolution or development; developmental: the evolutionary origin of species. 2. in accordance with the theory of evolution. 3. relating to… …   Australian English dictionary

  • evolutionary — evolution ► NOUN 1) the process by which different kinds of living organism are believed to have developed, especially by natural selection. 2) gradual development. 3) Chemistry the giving off of a gaseous product or of heat. 4) a pattern of… …   English terms dictionary

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