de·​vel·​op·​men·​tal | \ dē-ˌve-ləp-ˈmen-tᵊl How to pronounce developmental (audio) \

Definition of developmental

1a : of, relating to, or being development developmental processes developmental biology broadly : experimental sense 2 developmental aircraft
b : serving economic development developmental highways
2 : designed to assist growth or bring about improvement (as of a skill) developmental toys

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developmentally \ dē-​ˌve-​ləp-​ˈmen-​tᵊl-​ē How to pronounce developmental (audio) \ adverb

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Examples of developmental in a Sentence

A drop in temperature can slow the plant's developmental process. a child with developmental abnormalities My theory is still in its developmental stage.
Recent Examples on the Web Ramos asked her son more about Rausch and heard more that troubled her, including that the teacher had used slurs referring to O'Neal's developmental disability. Justin Murphy, USA TODAY, 2 May 2022 Discovered by Amani’s search, and a threat to Hafez’s plans for the land, Musa lives with a developmental disability and has been cared for by nuns. Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2022 According to directors of both Kicklighter and Matthew Reardon, their centers constantly receive calls from nearby schools about not being equipped enough to care for a child with a developmental disability. Nancy Guan, ajc, 13 Mar. 2022 Competing in Colorado, Jeannie McManus, White’s aunt with developmental disability, collected medal after medal as a Special Olympics swimmer. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, 28 Jan. 2022 April Pilette and Edward Lent contributed poetry to the exhibit, Lent to deal with his multiple sclerosis, and Pilette with her developmental disability. Susan Dunne,, 29 Oct. 2021 Autism is considered a neurological developmental disability. Jennifer "jay" Palumbo, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 By 1977, Glenda Hall, of Shelbyville, became the first person with a developmental disability appointed to The Arc's board. Holly V. Hays, The Indianapolis Star, 20 Sep. 2021 There’s also Jimmy, an outgoing, guileless 30-year-old who works at Duncan’s shop and has an unnamed developmental disability. Erin Douglass, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of developmental

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of developmental was in 1849

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4 Aug 2022

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“Developmental.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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