American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or developing in a progressive sequence usually from the primitive to the advanced.
- adj. Made up of one single line.
- uni- + linear (Wiktionary)
“No serious anthropologist takes that unilinear view any more: there's been a lot of water under the bridge since Lewis Henry Morgan.”
“But they have not been “passive subjects in a unilinear history of decline.””
“Its narrative web is undercut by chronological and scenic disruptions and juxtapositions that deliberately frustrate any attempt to fix a unilinear sequence of events, a rigid structure that encloses the story like a frame around a landscape painting.”
“It will be recalled that, by the law of inertia it takes more energy to move a body at rest or to alter the velocity of a body than it does to maintain speed once gained, for once a body is in uniform unilinear motion it will continue to remain so with only the force necessary to overcome friction.”
“In point of fact, Weber's rationalization thesis can be understood with richer nuance when we approach it as, for lack of better terms, a dialectics of disenchantment and reenchantment rather than as a one-sided, unilinear process.”
“There were the "savages" then the "barbarians" and then of course, the "civilizations" - very unilinear thinking, to believe that all societies developed exactly the same way.”
“It may seem withal a weighty cause of sort – a fey pause in tall analysis, a “what brought it to this” bleep in unilinear thinking, a weak, spur”
“I don't think too many folks these days, even those of us of the Marxish persuasion, believe in some essentialist notion of "progress," with its quasi-religious teleology and its unilinear social-evolutionary implications.”
“We accept that the changed geopolitical situation presents us with a set of circumstances that do not make a continuous and unilinear process of change, possible.”
“He's what the anthropologists call a "unilinear evolutionist" -- traces everything through marriage rites/rights.”
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