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uniformitarianism

Syllabification: u·ni·form·i·tar·i·an·ism
Pronunciation: /ˌyo͞onəˌfôrməˈterēənizəm
 
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Definition of uniformitarianism in English:

noun

Geology
The theory that changes in the earth’s crust during geological history have resulted from the action of continuous and uniform processes. Often contrasted with noun catastrophism.
Example sentences
  • They teach that the rejection of God's Word did not begin with Darwin's theory of biological evolution or even with Hutton and Lyell's geological uniformitarianism.
  • With this concept, he suggests, those great protagonists of uniformitarianism, Hutton and Lyell, would have agreed.
  • However, in recent decades geologists have been saying that the gradualistic uniformitarianism of Charles Lyell does not match the evidence.

Derivatives

uniformitarian

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adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • The very possibility of volcanists in debate with neptunists, and catastrophists with uniformitarians, depends on the adoption of time-frames very different from those derived from the human life-span.
  • This is clear from the ‘father of uniformitarian geology’, James Hutton - see his assertion.
  • Much fieldwork remains to be done on Earth's ancient glacial climates using well-tried uniformitarian principles embodied in sedimentary basin analysis.

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