adaptationist

adjective
ad·​ap·​ta·​tion·​ist | \ˌa-ˌdap-ˈtā-sh(ə-)nist, -dəp-\

Definition of adaptationist 

: explaining or seeking to explain the evolution of traits in terms of their adaptive function or survival value

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adaptationist noun

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The biologists who most militantly defend the adaptationist Darwinian view of evolution, such as Richard Dawkins, do not gladly suffer dissent. David Dobbs, New York Times, "Survival of the Prettiest," 18 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of adaptationist

1931, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adaptationist

adaptation + -ist entry 2

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