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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.
I know of no explanation (evolutionary or otherwise) that satisfies the test of economic rationality for why people vote.
Understanding the evolutionary' process helps clarify seemingly complex embryology and anatomy, such as that of the facial nerve and related ear structures, as well as the anomalies that occur when human development is interrupted.
It took an evolutionary leap in the human species to help trigger the change from centuries of economic stagnation to a state of sustained economic growth, according to the first theory that integrates evolutionary biology and economics.
Evolutionary psychologists, however, offer a different explanation for the homicidal behavior of Albert Burke, Patrick Furlong, and the Norwegian sailor known as Dutch Pete.
In this accessible book for general readers, students, and others, Heyes explores the emerging field of cultural evolutionary psychology and proposes a new framework for understanding the human mind and why itAEs unique from other species.
Evolutionary testing uses the optimizing search techniques for the generation and selection of test data.
Synopsis: "The Evolutionary Testament of Co-Creation: The Promise Will Be Kept" by Barbara Marx Hubbard offers an extraordinary evolutionary and future-oriented perspective on the Gospels of Jesus Christ.

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