from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or developing in a progressive sequence usually from the primitive to the advanced.

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  • adj. Made up of one single line.


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uni- +‎ linear


  • No serious anthropologist takes that unilinear view any more: there's been a lot of water under the bridge since Lewis Henry Morgan.

    Archive 2009-11-01

  • But they have not been “passive subjects in a unilinear history of decline.”

    Cover to Cover

  • 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.

    The Story of an African Farm

  • 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.

    Energy and Society~ Chapter 5~ Steam~ Key to the Industrial Revolution

  • 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.

    calling all anthropologists

  • 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 Cannot Imagine Purity

  • 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.

    Archive 2008-07-01

  • 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.

    ANC Today

  • He's what the anthropologists call a "unilinear evolutionist" -- traces everything through marriage rites/rights.

    "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."


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