One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Any of various philosophical or theological doctrines or schools of thought concerned with development; especially those which regard the nature of something as a result of gradual development, rather than being innate or predetermined.
2An economic policy concerned with improving the economy, and thus national autonomy, of an underdeveloped country by fostering the development of dynamic internal markets through such means as imposing high tariffs on imported goods.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Douglas Jerrold's Shilling Magazine. From developmental + -ism.
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