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 incremental (audio) , ˌin-​ \ adverb

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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
Recent Examples on the Web The grieving is incremental, protracted and relentless. Eric Zorn,, 4 June 2021 To invest in the right digital innovations, start small, and be incremental and very targeted. Benjamin Zenou, Forbes, 4 June 2021 The reductions of regulations and fees were incremental over a handful of years. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Dec. 2020 In the first eight years of the new methodology, the changes will be incremental and not even noticeable in some of the cities. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, 29 Oct. 2020 More so, change requires real support that works in service of long-term change, both incremental and visionary, and beyond the feverish rush to fix when faced with a wave of reckonings. Harper's BAZAAR, 20 Oct. 2020 While some state governments were clearing away barriers, progress was incremental and uneven. Marie Fishpaw, National Review, 18 Oct. 2020 Those incremental and longer-term advances belied expectations for a blockbuster leap forward, which Musk himself played up in the weeks leading up to the event. Gabrielle Coppola,, 22 Sep. 2020 But the incremental approach in Vietnam failed to deter the North Vietnamese. James Jay Carafano, Star Tribune, 2 May 2021

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First Known Use of incremental

1696, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of incremental was in 1696

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8 Jun 2021

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“Incremental.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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