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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Unlike previous Saudi monarchs who took cautious, incremental steps to reform the country, King Salman has granted his 32-year-old son and heir, the crown prince, a free hand to usher in dramatic moves that are reshaping the country. Aya Batrawy,, "As driving ban lifts, Saudi women at center of change," 23 June 2018 The bench appears to have moved beyond the interim pattern of incremental steps and compromise and returned to sharp 5-4 ideological divisions, led by Chief Justice John Roberts on the right and Ginsburg on the left. Joan Biskupic, CNN, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg takes off the gloves," 22 May 2018 Breitlow said people need to dial back the yelling and come to small incremental steps everyone can get behind. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Surviving family members of Wauwatosa West and Columbine shootings suggest shifting the dialogue to safety, not guns," 26 Feb. 2018 Some people are glued to live parliamentary debates with a dedication normally reserved for soccer, but others have tuned out, unable to bear news of the latest incremental development that seems to resolve nothing. Danica Kirka, The Seattle Times, "Brexhaustion: Long, grinding Brexit is stressing people out," 12 Apr. 2019 The differences among many of them were small and incremental. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "Does Blended Scotch Still Have a Place in the Modern Bar?," 16 Mar. 2018 Wins have been hard to come by for the Cleveland Cavaliers this season, so coach Larry Drew has been focused on the incremental signs of progress. Dan Greenspan, The Seattle Times, "Cavs stun Lakers 101-95 to end 12-game losing streak," 13 Jan. 2019 Even larger miners starting to apply artificial intelligence are concluding that gains may be incremental. Rhiannon Hoyle, WSJ, "Miners Say They Dig Artificial Intelligence but the Gold Rush Hasn’t Come," 26 Dec. 2018 In the five years since, advancements have been incremental—a few interesting engineering choices have been swamped by announcements of feasibility studies for routes between populated cities. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "It’s been 5 years since Elon Musk proposed a Hyperloop design," 4 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of incremental

1696, in the meaning defined above

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