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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The event also marks the 50th anniversary of the nonprofit's 1971 founding and a half-century of providing services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Eric E. Harrison, Arkansas Online, 30 May 2021 Tim facilitated the donation of thousands of dollars worth of hotel-quality furniture for individuals who have developmental disabilities. Sam Boyer, cleveland, 21 May 2021 Lebon brought Noah, who is non-verbal, to a vaccine clinic on Thursday hosted by JARC, a suburban Detroit nonprofit dedicated to assisting those with developmental disabilities. Mike Householder, Star Tribune, 20 May 2021 People with developmental disabilities practice taking shots to avoid anxiety, and potential physical resistance, when time arrives to take the COVID-19 vaccine. Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2021 Allen, 50, said after receiving the second dose of his COVID-19 vaccine during a clinic Wednesday for four Oakland County group homes for residents with developmental disabilities. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, 7 May 2021 Michele Rosenthal’s brothers Cecil, 59, and David, 54, both men with developmental disabilities, met worshipers at the door before services every week. New York Times, 4 May 2021 Today, those approved for the device are all over the age of 18 with severe developmental disabilities. NBC News, 28 Apr. 2021 Exceptions can be made for patients with developmental delays or significant cognitive impairments as well as for end-of-life and for patients in labor and delivery. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 28 May 2021

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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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17 Jun 2021

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“Developmental.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of developmental

: of or relating to the growth or development of someone or something
: designed to help a child grow or learn

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