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 Two of the winners this year focused on how to make Howard County safer and more accessible for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Ana Faguy,, "Environmental, inclusive ideas win big at second Changemaker Challenge in Howard," 12 Nov. 2019 While some attackers experienced behavioral or developmental issues, all experienced stressors in the days or months leading up to the attack. Anna Gunther, CBS News, "Secret Service study says most school shooters showed warning signs," 7 Nov. 2019 In 1935 it had been turned into a home for people with severe intellectual and developmental disabilities. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "The Swedish cavity experiments: How dentists rotted the teeth of kids with mental handicaps to study candy's effect," 30 Oct. 2019 The World Health Organization released new screen time guidelines for parents earlier this year based on research that found behavioral and developmental issues in children who spent hours in front of a screen. Washington Post, "Google’s newest phone is literally just a piece of paper," 28 Oct. 2019 The campaign will also target employers by pushing them to hire and support people with intellectual and developmental differences. Rachel Desantis,, "3 CEOs Join Forces to Help Get 1 Million People with Special Needs Employed by 2025," 24 Oct. 2019 Profession: Social Worker, currently the Executive Director of NWW Committee ( an organization that provides housing and services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities., "Who are the City Council candidates in Newton’s Ward 6?," 22 Oct. 2019 Broward County Special Olympics offers 23 different sports programs to 6,500 residents in the county with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Emmett Hall,, "Annual Sallarulo’s Race for Champions shines light on Special Olympians," 10 Oct. 2019 Dravet syndrome includes prolonged and frequent seizures and behavioral and developmental delays, among other symptoms. Julia Sclafani, Daily Pilot, "Local police officers’ gift of custom scooter keeps boy with epilepsy cruising," 30 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of developmental

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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20 Nov 2019

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The first known use of developmental was in 1849

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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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to speed up the process or progress of

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