evolutionary

evolution NOUN 1) the process by which different kinds of living organism are believed to have developed, especially by natural selection. 2) gradual development. 3) Chemistry the giving off of a gaseous product or of heat. 4) a pattern of movements or manoeuvres.
DERIVATIVES evolutionarily adverb evolutionary adjective.
ORIGIN Latin, 'unrolling' , from evolvere (see EVOLVE(Cf. ↑evolve)).

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