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Evolution vs. Revolution: Know the Difference

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Evolution is a gradual process of change and development, often biological, while revolution is a dramatic and often rapid shift, typically in social or political contexts.
Evolution vs. Revolution

Key Differences

Evolution refers to a slow and continuous process of change and development, often used in a biological context to describe the gradual adaptation of species over generations. Revolution, in contrast, denotes a rapid, often dramatic change, commonly used in political or social contexts to describe a complete and fundamental shift in power, organization, or structure.
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The essence of evolution lies in its incremental nature, implying changes that occur over a long period. These changes can be biological, such as the evolution of a species, or cultural, like the evolution of languages. On the other hand, revolution signifies abrupt, significant changes that disrupt the existing order, such as in a political revolution overthrowing a government.
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Evolution is typically seen as a natural, organic process resulting from gradual adaptations to the environment or circumstances. Revolution, conversely, is often driven by human actions and decisions, leading to immediate and impactful social, political, or technological changes.
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In evolution, the changes are often predictable, based on past trends and gradual adaptations. In revolution, however, the changes are usually unpredictable and can lead to entirely new systems or ways of thinking, often breaking away from traditional or established norms.
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Evolution is generally a non-confrontational process that doesn't involve direct conflict or overthrow, whereas revolution often involves a degree of conflict, confrontation, or the overthrow of existing conditions or regimes.
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Comparison Chart

Nature of Change

Gradual and continuous
Rapid and abrupt
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Typical Context

Biological, cultural
Political, social
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Time Frame

Long-term
Short-term, immediate
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Predictability

More predictable, based on past trends
Often unpredictable, leading to new systems
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Involvement of Conflict

Generally non-confrontational
Often involves conflict or overthrow
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Evolution and Revolution Definitions

Evolution

Biological process of change in organisms across generations.
Darwin's theory of evolution explains the diversity of life on Earth.
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Revolution

An overthrow of a government or social system.
The American Revolution led to the founding of the United States.
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Evolution

Slow and continuous change in an idea or system.
The evolution of democratic governance has taken centuries.
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Revolution

A complete cycle of a celestial body or orbit.
One revolution of the Earth around the sun takes a year.
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Evolution

A gradual process in which something changes into a different and usually more complex or better form.
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Revolution

A dramatic change in political or social order.
The French Revolution drastically changed the political landscape of France.
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Evolution

A result of this process; a development
Judo is an evolution of an earlier martial art.
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Revolution

A sudden, radical, or complete change.
The industrial revolution marked a major turning point in human history.
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Evolution

Change in the genetic composition of a population during successive generations, often resulting in the development of new species. The mechanisms of evolution include natural selection acting on the genetic variation among individuals, mutation, migration, and genetic drift.
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Revolution

A fundamental change in the way of thinking about or visualizing something.
The scientific revolution introduced a new approach to understanding the natural world.
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Evolution

The historical development of a related group of organisms; phylogeny.
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Revolution

Orbital motion about a point, especially as distinguished from axial rotation
The planetary revolution about the sun.
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Evolution

(Astronomy) Change in the structure, chemical composition, or dynamical properties of a celestial object or system such as a planetary system, star, or galaxy. Evolution often changes the observable or measurable characteristics of the object or system.
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Revolution

A turning or rotational motion about an axis.
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Evolution

A movement that is part of a set of ordered movements
Naval evolutions in preparation for battle.
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Revolution

A single complete cycle of such orbital or axial motion.
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Evolution

(Mathematics) The extraction of a root of a quantity.
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Revolution

The overthrow of one government and its replacement with another.
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Evolution

A change of position.
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Revolution

A sudden or momentous change in a situation
The revolution in computer technology.
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Evolution

(military) A manoeuvre of troops or ships.
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Revolution

(Geology) A time of major crustal deformation, when folds and faults are formed.
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Evolution

A turning movement, especially of the body.
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Revolution

A political upheaval in a government or state characterized by great change.
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Evolution

(obsolete) A turned or twisted shape; an involution, a complex or intricate shape.
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Revolution

The removal and replacement of a government, especially by sudden violent action.
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Evolution

An unfolding.
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Revolution

Rotation: the turning of an object around an axis, one complete turn of an object during rotation.
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Evolution

The act or process of unfolding or opening out; the progression of events in regular succession.
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Revolution

In the case of celestial bodies, the traversal of one body along an orbit around another body.
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Evolution

(geometry) The opening out of a curve; now more generally, the gradual transformation of a curve by a change of the conditions generating it.
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Revolution

A sudden, vast change in a situation, a discipline, or the way of thinking and behaving.
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Evolution

The extraction of a root from a given power.
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Revolution

A round of periodic changes, such as between the seasons of the year.
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Evolution

(chemistry) The act or an instance of giving off gas; emission.
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Revolution

Consideration of an idea; the act of revolving something in the mind.
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Evolution

Process of development.
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Revolution

The act of revolving, or turning round on an axis or a center; the motion of a body round a fixed point or line; rotation; as, the revolution of a wheel, of a top, of the earth on its axis, etc.
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Evolution

Development; the act or result of developing what was implicit in an idea, argument etc.
The ongoing evolution of Lolita subculture fashion includes, among other things, the ballet style.
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Revolution

Return to a point before occupied, or to a point relatively the same; a rolling back; return; as, revolution in an ellipse or spiral.
That fearComes thundering back, with dreadful revolution,On my defenseless head.
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Evolution

A process of gradual change in a given system, subject, product etc., especially from simpler to more complex forms.
Among other forms of change, the evolution of transportation has involved modification, diversification, convergence, divergence, hybridization, differentiation, and naturally, selection.
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Revolution

The space measured by the regular return of a revolving body; the period made by the regular recurrence of a measure of time, or by a succession of similar events.
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Evolution

(biology) The transformation of animals, plants and other living things into different forms (now understood as a change in genetic composition) by the accumulation of changes over successive generations.
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Revolution

The motion of any body, as a planet or satellite, in a curved line or orbit, until it returns to the same point again, or to a point relatively the same; - designated as the annual, anomalistic, nodical, sidereal, or tropical revolution, according as the point of return or completion has a fixed relation to the year, the anomaly, the nodes, the stars, or the tropics; as, the revolution of the earth about the sun; the revolution of the moon about the earth.
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Evolution

The act of unfolding or unrolling; hence, any process of growth or development; as, the evolution of a flower from a bud, or an animal from the egg.
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Revolution

The motion of a point, line, or surface about a point or line as its center or axis, in such a manner that a moving point generates a curve, a moving line a surface (called a surface of revolution), and a moving surface a solid (called a solid of revolution); as, the revolution of a right-angled triangle about one of its sides generates a cone; the revolution of a semicircle about the diameter generates a sphere.
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Evolution

A series of things unrolled or unfolded.
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Revolution

A total or radical change; as, a revolution in one's circumstances or way of living.
The ability . . . of the great philosopher speedily produced a complete revolution throughout the department.
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Evolution

The formation of an involute by unwrapping a thread from a curve as an evolute.
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Revolution

A fundamental change in political organization, or in a government or constitution; the overthrow or renunciation of one government, and the substitution of another, by the governed.
The violence of revolutions is generally proportioned to the degree of the maladministration which has produced them.
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Evolution

The extraction of roots; - the reverse of involution.
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Revolution

A drastic and far-reaching change in ways of thinking and behaving;
The industrial revolution was also a cultural revolution
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Evolution

A prescribed movement of a body of troops, or a vessel or fleet; any movement designed to effect a new arrangement or disposition; a maneuver.
Those evolutions are best which can be executed with the greatest celerity, compatible with regularity.
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Revolution

The overthrow of a government by those who are governed
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Evolution

A general name for the history of the steps by which any living organism has acquired the morphological and physiological characters which distinguish it; a gradual unfolding of successive phases of growth or development.
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Revolution

A single complete turn (axial or orbital);
The plane made three rotations before it crashed
The revolution of the earth about the sun takes one year
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Evolution

That theory of generation which supposes the germ to preëxist in the parent, and its parts to be developed, but not actually formed, by the procreative act; - opposed to epigenesis.
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Evolution

That series of changes under natural law which involves continuous progress from the homogeneous to the heterogeneous in structure, and from the single and simple to the diverse and manifold in quality or function. The process is by some limited to organic beings; by others it is applied to the inorganic and the psychical. It is also applied to explain the existence and growth of institutions, manners, language, civilization, and every product of human activity. The agencies and laws of the process are variously explained by different philosophrs.
Evolution is to me series with development.
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Evolution

A process in which something passes by degrees to a different stage (especially a more advanced or mature stage);
The development of his ideas took many years
The evolution of Greek civilization
The slow development of her skill as a writer
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Evolution

(biology) the sequence of events involved in the evolutionary development of a species or taxonomic group of organisms
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Evolution

Gradual development of species over time.
The evolution of the horse from small mammals is well-documented in paleontology.
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Evolution

A process of gradual change and development.
The evolution of digital technology has transformed the way we communicate.
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Evolution

The gradual development of something to a more complex form.
The evolution of jazz music has incorporated many different musical styles.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Is evolution predictable?

It's somewhat predictable based on past trends and adaptations.
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How long does evolution take?

Evolution usually occurs over a long period, often generations.
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What is evolution?

Evolution is the gradual development and change in species over time.
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Can evolution happen in non-living things?

Yes, in the context of ideas, technology, or culture.
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Is evolution always biological?

While often biological, it can also refer to gradual changes in ideas or systems.
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Can revolution occur in technology?

Yes, as in the industrial or digital revolution.
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How quickly does a revolution occur?

Revolutions typically happen rapidly, bringing immediate change.
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What is a revolution?

Revolution is a rapid, dramatic change, often in a political or social context.
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Are revolutions always violent?

Not always, but they often involve some conflict or overthrow.
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Are revolutions predictable?

They are often unpredictable and can lead to completely new systems.
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Do revolutions always succeed?

Not necessarily; some fail to achieve their objectives.
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Is evolution a theory or a fact?

Evolution is both a scientifically supported theory and an observed fact.
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Is human evolution still ongoing?

Yes, humans continue to evolve, though changes are gradual.
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What triggers a revolution?

Revolutions are often triggered by widespread dissatisfaction with the status quo.
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Can evolution occur without natural selection?

Other factors like genetic drift also contribute to evolution.
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What is an example of a non-political revolution?

The technological revolution is an example of a non-political revolution.
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Can individuals evolve?

Evolution occurs over generations, not within a single individual's lifespan.
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Can culture undergo a revolution?

Yes, cultural revolutions can drastically change societal norms.
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Can a revolution be peaceful?

Yes, some revolutions, like those involving social attitudes, can be peaceful.
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Are evolutionary changes always beneficial?

Not necessarily; some changes may be neutral or even harmful.
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