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 (ĕv′ə-lo͞o′shən, ē′və-)
a. A gradual process in which something changes into a different and usually more complex or better form.
b. A result of this process; a development: Judo is an evolution of an earlier martial art.
2. Biology
a. Change in the genetic composition of a population during successive generations, often resulting in the development of new species. The mechanisms of evolution include natural selection acting on the genetic variation among individuals, mutation, migration, and genetic drift.
b. The historical development of a related group of organisms; phylogeny.
3. Astronomy Change in the structure, chemical composition, or dynamical properties of a celestial object or system such as a planetary system, star, or galaxy. Evolution often changes the observable or measurable characteristics of the object or system.
4. A movement that is part of a set of ordered movements: naval evolutions in preparation for battle.
5. Mathematics The extraction of a root of a quantity.

[Latin ēvolūtiō, ēvolūtiōn-, from ēvolūtus, past participle of ēvolvere, to unroll; see evolve.]

ev′o·lu′tion·al, ev′o·lu′tion·ar′y (-shə-nĕr′ē) adj.
ev′o·lu′tion·ar′i·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.evolutionary - of or relating to or produced by evolutionevolutionary - of or relating to or produced by evolution; "evolutionary biology"
تَطَوُّري، إرْتِقائي


[ˌiːvəˈluːʃnərɪ] ADJevolutivo


[ˌiːvəˈluːʃənəri] adj [process] → d'évolution; [theory] → de l'évolution
evolutionary change → évolution f


adjevolutionär; evolutionary theoryEvolutionstheorie f


[ˌiːvəˈluːʃənrɪ] adjevolutivo/a


(iˈvolv) verb
to (cause to) develop gradually. Man evolved from the apes.
evolution (iːvəˈluːʃən) , ((American) e-) noun
1. gradual working out or development. the evolution of our form of government.
2. the development of the higher kinds of animals (eg man), plants etc, from the lower kinds. Darwin's theory of evolution.
evolutionary (iːvəˈluːʃənəri) , ((American) e-) adjective
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Through all the apparitions that preceded you and that compose the parts of you, you rose gibbering from the evolutionary mire, and gibbering you will pass on, interfusing, permeating the procession of apparitions that will succeed you.
The change in form and kinds of the lower animals was even more marked than the evolutionary stages of man.
Literally translated, it is equivalent to through, finished, done-for, as applied to an individual's evolutionary progress in Caspak, and with this information was developed the interesting fact that not every individual is capable of rising through every stage to that of Galu.
But the higher we rise in the evolutionary scale, broadly speaking, the greater becomes the power of learning, and the fewer are the occasions when pure instinct is exhibited unmodified in adult life.
Transhumanism: Evolutionary Futurism and the Human Technologies of Utopia
Tenders are invited for Evolutionary Software Maintenance and Management Services Ticketing Systems for suburban core.
Evolutionary psychology and evolutionary developmental psychology: Understanding the evolution of human behavior and development
Philip Skell suggests that "Darwin has been oversold," arguing that the contributions of evolutionary theory are exaggerated, that it has no practical application, and that the scientific community is encouraging polarization by injecting itself into theological matters.
In this text for undergraduate courses in evolution, Barton (evolutionary genetics, University of Edinburgh) integrates concepts from molecular biology, genomics, and human genetics with traditional studies of evolutionary processes.
In biological sciences, a huge amount of data has been gathered over the last two centuries which has been interpreted from various perspectives, the dominant view being the evolutionary process which stipulates that life originated in small-cell form and then became complex through random processes in which only the fittest forms survived.
All hail Flo, the diminutive belle of the evolutionary ball.
Incredible Creatures That Defy Evolution" is a three volume DVD boxed set that showcases animals featuring sophisticated and complex designs that are not explained by traditional evolutionary theory.

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