developmental

adjective de·vel·op·men·tal \ dē-ˌve-ləp-ˈmen-tᵊl \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of developmental

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

developmentally

play \-tᵊl-ē\ adverb

Examples of developmental in a Sentence

  1. A drop in temperature can slow the plant's developmental process.

  2. a child with developmental abnormalities

  3. My theory is still in its developmental stage.

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First Known Use of developmental

1849


DEVELOPMENTAL Defined for English Language Learners

developmental

adjective

Definition of developmental for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to the growth or development of someone or something

  • : designed to help a child grow or learn



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