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The theory that all geologic phenomena may be explained as the result of existing forces having operated uniformly from the origin of the earth to the present time.

u′ni·for′mi·tar′i·an adj. & n.


1. (Geological Science) of or relating to uniformitarianism
2. of, characterized by, or conforming to uniformity
(Geological Science) a supporter of a theory of uniformity or of uniformitarianism


(ˌyu nəˌfɔr mɪˈtɛər i ən)

1. 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 uniformitarian theory.
u`ni•form`i•tar′i•an•ism, n.
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Other geologists, without going to see for themselves and driven by uniformitarian dogma, absolutely refused to accept a catastrophic explanation.
As Greenblatt's summation intensifies, he accuses the Renaissance of the cardinal sin of not having the decency to become the Enlightenment, if it was beyond their the power to become postmodern: "The Tempest utterly rejects the uniformitarian view of the human race, the view that would later triumph in the Enlightenment and prevail in the West to this day.
Tennyson, too, represents the nightmarish aspects of a world in flux in Maud, but the poem itself, Geric argues, is relentlessly uniformitarian, manifesting incessantly shifting effects resulting from constant forces at work (both social and psychological).
2009 "Language Acquisition in Creolization and, Thus, Language Change: Some Cartesian Uniformitarian Boundary Conditions".
The correlation of gender and linguistic features is reached irrespective of whether they belong to a stereotypical dichotomous pattern or not, but very relatedly here in connection with Labov's (1972) Uniformitarian Principle for the behaviour of men and women in the course of its historical development along past and present societies, (8) and in this case here with its historical reconstruction in its socio-cultural context.
Acredita-se que o fato de a forca propulsora da mudanca linguistica ter atuado no passado legitima a sua influencia sobre a realidade linguistica sincronica (atual), como reflexo do principio norteador da mudanca nas linguas humanas--The uniformitarian principle (LABOV, 1994).
Uniformitarian assumptions and language evolution research, The transition to language, ed.
His five-year voyage on HMS Beagle established him as an eminent geologist whose observations and theories supported Charles Lyell's uniformitarian ideas, and publication of his journal of the voyage made him famous as a popular author.
This was the idea behind his uniformitarian principle and the dictum, "The present is the key to the past.
In a uniformitarian perspective, spruce in krummholz form is equally or even more hardy than mountain birch (Kullman, 2010).
But the extension of the linguistic uniformitarian hypothesis to writing is, in my opinion, counterproductive.

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