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

Keep scrolling for more

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from developmental

developmentally \ dē-​ˌve-​ləp-​ˈmen-​tᵊl-​ē How to pronounce developmental (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms for developmental


Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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.
Recent Examples on the Web For nearly four decades, Malcolm and Margaret Winkley have run a pair of nonprofits in Connecticut that serve individuals with developmental disabilities. Andrew Brown, Hartford Courant, 24 Apr. 2022 While people with developmental disabilities have been overlooked in the past, Down syndrome visibility has become more of a focus for film, media and brands in recent years. NBC News, 18 Apr. 2022 The league has marked recent years by maintaining an inclusive approach to overseas players, retooling its developmental league and staying at the forefront of multiple technological advances. Marc Bona, cleveland, 19 Feb. 2022 They were supposed to spend the bulk of their time in the developmental G League. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, 8 Jan. 2022 Isaiah Thomas, rescued from the developmental G league last week and made a starter in his second game, was a Did Not Play — Coach’s Decision. Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times, 25 Dec. 2021 Teams are flying in players from their developmental league, or those who have been out of the N.B.A., to fill holes in their rosters. New York Times, 21 Dec. 2021 Thanasis was the first family member to play professional basketball in the United States, appearing in the NBA's developmental league for two years before signing a 10-day contract with the New York Knicks in the 2015-16 season. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Aug. 2021 The developmental league first launched in 2001 and was known as the NBDL and, later, the D-League until a branding partnership with Gatorade in 2017. Mike Rodak |, al, 26 July 2021 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'developmental.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Keep scrolling for more

First Known Use of developmental

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About developmental

Time Traveler for developmental

Time Traveler

The first known use of developmental was in 1849

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near developmental



developmental biology

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for developmental

Last Updated

12 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Developmental.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on developmental

Nglish: Translation of developmental for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of developmental for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Great Words for Scrabble

  • scrabble tiles that read scrabble quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!