uniformitarian
noun Date: 1840 1. an adherent of the doctrine of uniformitarianism 2. an advocate of uniformity • uniformitarian adjective

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  • Uniformitarian — U ni*form i*ta ri*an, n. (Geol.) One who accepts uniformitarianism, or the uniformitarian doctrine. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Uniformitarian — U ni*form i*ta ri*an, a. (Geol.) Of, pertaining to, or designating, the view or doctrine that existing causes, acting in the same manner and with essentially the same intensity as at the present time, are sufficient to account for all geological… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • uniformitarian — [yo͞o΄nə fôr΄mə ter′ē ən] adj. 1. of or holding the doctrine of uniformitarianism 2. of or adhering to uniformity in something n. a person who adheres to some doctrine of uniformity …   English World dictionary

  • uniformitarian — uniformitarianism, n. /yooh neuh fawr mi tair ee euhn/, adj. 1. supporting, conforming to, or derived from a theory or doctrine about uniformity, esp. on the subject of geology. 2. Geol. of or pertaining to the thesis that processes that operated …   Universalium

  • uniformitarian — 1. noun One who accepts uniformitarianism, or the uniformitarian doctrine. 2. adjective Of, pertaining to, or designating, the view or doctrine that existing causes, acting in the same manner and with essentially the same intensity as at the… …   Wiktionary

  • uniformitarian — u•ni•form•i•tar•i•an [[t]ˌyu nəˌfɔr mɪˈtɛər i ən[/t]] adj. 1) gel of, pertaining to, or designating the theory that geologic processes operative in the remote past were no different from processes operative now 2) a supporter of the… …   From formal English to slang

  • uniformitarian — uni·form·i·tar·i·an …   English syllables

  • uniformitarian — /ˌjunəfɔməˈtɛəriən/ (say .yoohnuhfawmuh tairreeuhn) adjective 1. relating to uniformity. 2. Geology relating to the thesis that early geological processes are not different from those observed now, that is, that they are gradual and incremental… …   Australian English dictionary

  • uniformitarian — adj. & n. adj. of the theory that geological processes are always due to continuously and uniformly operating forces. n. a holder of this theory. Derivatives: uniformitarianism n …   Useful english dictionary

  • Uniformitarianism (science) — Uniformitarianism, in the philosophy of science, is the assumption that the natural processes operating in the past are the same as those that can be observed operating in the present. Its methodological significance is frequently summarized in… …   Wikipedia

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