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 developmentally (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 Early adolescents are less likely to benefit from the security that comes from being with their parents, because around the age of 10 or 11, children’s social lives take on increasing developmental significance. Lydia Denworth, The Atlantic, "What Happens When Kids Don’t See Their Peers for Months," 24 June 2020 Some people with developmental disabilities may not be able to put on or remove a face mask independently, and others with breathing conditions like asthma could be put at risk by wearing a mask. Sasha Hupka, azcentral, "Face masks FAQ: 8 things to know about wearing a mask in Maricopa County," 22 June 2020 Every year, India forcibly displaces hundreds of thousands of people from their land and other resources to facilitate mining, dam-building and other developmental activities. Gladson Dungdung, Scientific American, "India's Coronavirus Refugees Are Also Development Refugees," 20 June 2020 About 6,500 people live in child and adult group homes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, according to state data, about 550 of them children. oregonlive, "2 men from group homes for people with disabilities dead from coronavirus as advocates point to problems," 18 June 2020 Besides her involvement with people with developmental disabilities, Angela has volunteered with the Salvation Army and Operation Christmas Child. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "Volunteers take chip off the old block: Whit & Whimsey," 18 June 2020 Taylor says that play therapy is necessary for children, who might not have the developmental skills to express themselves otherwise. Zayna Syed, Dallas News, "COVID-19 has forced many North Texas therapists to offer children’s play therapy online," 18 June 2020 The developmental talent last appeared at the company's Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, on June 9, and no other individuals have reported symptoms, said Jeffrey Dugas, the WWE's associate medical director. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "WWE suspends production after wrestler tests positive for coronavirus," 17 June 2020 The organization serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Vincent T. Davis,, "San Antonio Arc needs help raising funds to open again to serve its clients and their caregivers," 15 June 2020

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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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28 Jun 2020

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“Developmental.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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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