evolvability

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Etymology[edit]

From evolve +‎ -ability.

Noun[edit]

evolvability ‎(plural evolvabilities)

  1. (chiefly biology) The ability to evolve. [from 20th c.]
    • 2003, Adrian Woolfson, ‘Genetic Mountaineering’, London Review of Books, vol. 25 no. 3:
      Systems must be constantly poised for change: a potential for evolvability is essential if they are to respond to the vagaries of an uncertain future.