[ev-uh-loo-shuh-ner-ee or, esp. British, ee-vuh-] /ˌɛv əˈlu ʃəˌnɛr i or, esp. British, ˌi və-/

pertaining to or development; developmental:
the evolutionary origin of species.
of, relating to, or in accordance with a theory of , especially in biology.
pertaining to or performing .

1846, from evolution + -ary.


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