gradualism

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

Definition of gradualism

1 :the policy of approaching a desired end by gradual stages
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 \ˈgra-jə-wə-list, -jə-list\ noun or adjective

gradualistic

play \ˌgra-jə(-wə)-ˈli-stik\ adjective

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1835


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