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evolution

e·vo·lu·tion

evolution

 
 
pronunciation:
e v lu shn
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the continuous modification and adaptation of organisms to their environments through selection, hybridization, and the like.
antonyms:
devolution
definition 2: the theory or study that describes this process as the cause of species' existence and characteristics. (See Darwinian theory.)
the dispute over evolution vs. creation
definition 3: a gradual process of change and development that something goes through, usu. becoming more complex and sometimes better.
the evolution of electronic weaponry
similar words:
development
derivations: evolutional (adj.), evolutionally (adv.)
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The word evolution contains the following parts:
e- Latin prefix that means out, out of, away
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The prefix e- is an assimilated form of ex- used before roots beginning with certain consonants (b d, g, j, l, m, n, r, v). See ex-.