- Of or relating to evolution.
- The evolutionary history of marine mammals includes land-dwelling ancestors.
From evolution + -ary.
Variant of evolution
- an unfolding, opening out, or working out; process of development, as from a simple to a complex form, or of gradual, progressive change, as in a social and economic structure
- a result or product of this; thing evolved
- a movement that is part of a series or pattern
- a pattern produced, or seemingly produced, by such a series of movements: the evolutions of a fancy skater
- a setting free or giving off, as of gas in a chemical reaction
- the development of a species, organism, or organ from its original or primitive state to its present or specialized state; phylogeny or ontogeny
- Darwinian theory
- Math. the extracting of a root of a given number
Origin of evolutionFr évolutionMil. any of various movements or maneuvers by which troops, ships, etc. change formation
Origin of evolutionClassical Latin evolutio, an unrolling or opening ; from evolutus, past participle of evolvere: see evolve