grad·​u·​at·​ed | \ˈgra-jə-ˌwā-təd \

Definition of graduated 

of a tax

: increasing in rate with increase in taxable base : progressive a graduated income tax

Examples of graduated in a Sentence

a series of bowls in graduated sizes

Recent Examples on the Web

He had already been allowed to leave the hospital grounds for 48 hours without an escort, part of a graduated process that aims to get residents ready for release. Patricia Sullivan, Washington Post, "Man who shot Alexandria police officer released with conditions from mental hospital," 7 June 2018 Appel's bill, SB 42, outlines a graduated structure of criminal penalties for swatting based on the results of any emergency action by law enforcement agencies. Hanna Krueger,, "Algiers man gives stranger water, gets carjacked: NOPD," 14 Mar. 2018 Democrats in Springfield have filed three constitutional amendments to establish a graduated income tax—the rates won’t be determined until after voters give their assent. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Illinois Progressive Tax Gambit," 9 Mar. 2018 Plus sleeveless dresses pieced together from half-moon panels of fabric in a graduated cone, so the bodice hugged the torso and the skirt swayed just a little with the walk, engineered to harness the body’s resonance. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Finally, the Fall 2018 Fashion Finale," 7 Mar. 2018 Natalee Holloway disappeared May 30, 2005 while in Aruba with 130-plus of her graduated classmates. Carol Robinson,, "Oxygen Media: Natalee Holloway's mother's lawsuit an 'inaccurate depiction' of TV series," 7 Feb. 2018 Gone from last season's 18-7 team (12-2 ECC) are seven graduated seniors, including top two scorers Kenny Thompson and Jordan Henderson. Scott Springer,, "Walnut Hills boys basketball has big dreams this hoops season," 13 Dec. 2017 The last time voters passed a graduated statewide income tax in Washington it was struck down by the state Supreme Court in 1933 as unconstitutional. Zusha Elinson, WSJ, "Lawsuit Says Seattle’s ‘Tax-the-Rich’ Measure Violates State Constitution," 9 Aug. 2017 Corporate Tax Rate Like most nations, the U.S. levies a graduated federal tax on the net profits of corporations. Laurence Arnold,, "Pass-Throughs? AMT? Here Are the Tax-Reform Terms You Need to Know," 30 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of graduated

1861, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for graduated

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English Language Learners Definition of graduated

: marked with lines for measuring

: gradually increasing

of a tax : increasing in rate as the thing being taxed (such as income) increases


grad·​u·​at·​ed | \ˈgra-jə-ˌwā-təd\

Legal Definition of graduated 

of a tax : increasing in rate with increase in taxable base : progressive

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