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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Other Words from incremental

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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Afterward, the treatment must go through purification processes to take out unnecessary by-products, modifications in dosage for different diseases, and all sorts of incremental tweaks. Fortune, "Protect at All Costs: How the Maker of the World’s Bestselling Drug Keeps Prices Sky-High," 18 July 2019 O’Leary, who warned last week that Ryanair might need to pare growth plans in light of the Max crisis, said his company can take delivery of only six to eight new aircraft a month, and is now planning to have 30 incremental aircraft for next summer. Christopher Jasperbloomberg, Los Angeles Times, "Boeing 737 Max groundings force airlines to scale back growth plans," 16 July 2019 With the rise of science, though, people have stretched its incremental powers to glimpse the ultimate. David Von Drehle, Twin Cities, "David Von Drehle: There’s no scientific consensus that humanity is doomed," 14 July 2019 But while serve speeds rose steadily throughout the ’80s, ’90s, and early 2000s, improvements in the past decade have grown less consistent and more incremental. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "How Elite Tennis Players Crank Out Serves at 150 MPH," 12 July 2019 In recent years, the federal government has taken small but incremental steps towards acknowledging the country’s escalating numbers of pedestrian deaths. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Pedestrian deaths keep rising in the U.S. Can Congress reverse the trend?," 11 July 2019 But the city has made some incremental changes called for by the plan, which the council adopted in 2013. Hayat Norimine, Dallas News, "Dallas could mandate recycling for businesses to cut down on waste," 1 July 2019 Scott Bolton, a senior vice president at PacifiCorp, says the company has kept rates flat since 2014, and will expand its wind resources in Wyoming at little incremental cost to ratepayers because the projects are so cost effective., "Cap and trade: What could Oregon’s carbon policy cost you?," 19 June 2019 Many of the countries that have given up on wealth taxes concluded that struggling with avoidance, and the high administrative costs of stopping it, for a relatively small amount of incremental tax revenue did not seem worth it. The Economist, "Rich people’s problems," 4 July 2019

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First Known Use of incremental

1696, in the meaning defined above

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