in·​cre·​men·​tal | \ ˌiŋ-krə-ˈmen-tᵊl How to pronounce incremental (audio) , ˌin-\

Definition of incremental

: of, relating to, being, or occurring in especially small increments incremental additions incremental change

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incrementally \ ˌiŋ-​krə-​ˈmen-​tᵊl-​ē How to pronounce incrementally (audio) , ˌin-​ \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for incremental


gradational, gradual, phased, piecemeal, step-by-step


abrupt, sudden

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Examples of incremental in a Sentence

the incremental evolution of the collection from a specialized gallery into a comprehensive art museum the incremental total for my collection of baseball cards

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This is a moment when formal tailoring is in play again for the first time in a generation—and those incremental changes of detail still count. Vogue, "The Top 12 Collections of the Fall 2019 Menswear Season," 23 Jan. 2019 The chief justice has tended to favor a more incremental approach and a broader consensus when possible. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Brett Kavanaugh Confirmation Battle Tests Supreme Court’s Chief Justice," 7 Oct. 2018 Electric drive is the future, there’s a total consensus about that at the Paris Motor Show, but getting there will need to be done in incremental steps that don’t alienate the end customer. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "The future of electric car design has yet to be written," 5 Oct. 2018 So everything was incremental steps to get me prepared for [having] an episode of television with my name on it, both as writer and director. Phillip Picardi, Teen Vogue, "Janet Mock Opens Up About Her "Pose" Directorial Debut, From Fight Scenes to Trans Sisterhood," 9 July 2018 For now, this is an incremental step, not a drastic one. Conor Orr,, "The Kickoff Is Staying in the NFL, But for How Much Longer?," 3 May 2018 Memory, and its formation, has been the subject of neuroscientific research for quite some time, yet science has only made incremental steps in this extremely complicated field. National Geographic, "How a Pond Snail Could Someday Improve Your Memory," 13 Mar. 2018 Such incremental progress used to be standard procedure in Congress, and both parties now have a moment to put aside political cynicism and pass something that could improve American justice. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Jailbreak for Bipartisanship," 15 Nov. 2018 It was achieved not with a high-profile bill signing, but through incremental progress over several decades. Mark Schmitt, Vox, "Why did Bernie Sanders’s Stop BEZOS legislation draw so much resistance?," 18 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of incremental

1696, in the meaning defined above

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