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gradualism

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noun grad·u·al·ism \-jə-wə-ˌli-zəm, -jə-ˌli-\

Definition of gradualism

  1. 1 :  the policy of approaching a desired end by gradual stages

  2. 2 :  the evolution of new species by gradual accumulation of small genetic changes over long periods of time; also :  a theory or model of evolution emphasizing this — compare punctuated equilibrium

gradualist

play \-list\ noun or adjective

gradualistic

play \ˌgra-jə(-wə)-ˈlis-tik\ adjective


1835

First Known Use of gradualism

1835


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