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Definition of uniformitarianism

: a geological doctrine that processes acting in the same manner as at present and over long spans of time are sufficient to account for all current geological features and all past geological changes — compare catastrophism

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Recent Examples on the Web Substantive uniformitarianism, and incorrect theory, should be abandoned. Brian Romans, WIRED, "I’ve Been Selected for the Open Lab 2010 Anthology of Science Blogging," 8 Jan. 2011

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First Known Use of uniformitarianism

1865, in the meaning defined above

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“Uniformitarianism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uniformitarianism. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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