de·​vel·​op·​men·​tal dē-ˌve-ləp-ˈmen-tᵊl How to pronounce developmental (audio)
: of, relating to, or being development
developmental processes
developmental biology
broadly : experimental sense 2
developmental aircraft
: serving economic development
developmental highways
: designed to assist growth or bring about improvement (as of a skill)
developmental toys
developmentally adverb

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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Word History

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of developmental was in 1849

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Cite this Entry

“Developmental.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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de·​vel·​op·​men·​tal -ˌvel-əp-ˈment-əl How to pronounce developmental (audio)
: of or relating to development
developmentally adverb

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