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From evolution +‎ -ary.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌiː.və.ˈl(j)uː.ʃən.ɹi/, /ˌɛv.əˈl(j)uː.ʃən.ɹi/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌiː.vəˈluː.ʃən.ɛɹ.i/, /ˌɛv.əˈluː.ʃən.ɛɹ.i//


evolutionary (not comparable)

  1. Of or relating to the biological theory of evolution.
    • 2013 March 1, Harold J. Morowitz, “The Smallest Cell”, in American Scientist[1], volume 101, number 2, page 83:
      It is likely that the long evolutionary trajectory of Mycoplasma went from a reductive autotroph to oxidative heterotroph to a cell-wall–defective degenerate parasite. This evolutionary trajectory assumes the simplicity to complexity route of biogenesis, a point of view that is not universally accepted.
    The evolutionary history of marine mammals includes land-dwelling ancestors.
  2. Having formal similarities to the biological theory of evolution.
    • 1974 Dec., “Neoclassical vs. Evolutionary Theories of Economic Growth: Critique and Prospectus”, in The Economic Journal, volume 84, number 336, →DOI, →JSTOR, pages 886–905:
      The basic elements of an evolutionary growth theory are discussed in Section II.

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