in·​cre·​men·​tal | \ ˌiŋ-krə-ˈmen-tᵊl, 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 , 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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Gunn-Wright notes that there are many paths to a jobs guarantee, some incremental. David Roberts, Vox, "The Green New Deal, explained," 21 Dec. 2018 But after eight incremental Fed increases, some customers are moving their money to capture higher yields elsewhere, threatening future gains in bank profits. Rachel Louise Ensign, WSJ, "Banks’ Golden Deposits Are Heading Out the Door," 22 Oct. 2018 Airbnb has made incremental steps towards providing more services for business travelers. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Airbnb expands services to corner profitable business travel market," 4 Oct. 2018 The world of infantry small arms has plateaued since World War II with only incremental increases in accuracy and reliability. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army's Next Rifle Could Have Four Barrels That Can Shoot All at Once," 1 Oct. 2018 Loy says his company’s investment in R&D is paying off as chip makers chase ever-more-incremental gains in efficiency., "Demand for chips is insatiable, and that’s just fine with Entegris," 9 July 2018 These incremental changes will increase in 2019 as airlines leverage data to promote special offers, upgrades, and add-ons to customers based on their flying history. Kristen Leigh Painter, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Air Travel Will Change in 2019," 13 Dec. 2018 The President made similar comments in the Oval Office Tuesday, declining to rule out the possibility that North Korea's denuclearization could be the result of an incremental process in which the rogue state is incentivized. Maegan Vazquez And Allie Malloy, CNN, "Trump signals shift in administration policy on North Korea denuclearization," 24 May 2018 But incremental improvements are far more workable than visions of strategic autonomy. Elisabeth Braw, WSJ, "A ‘True European Army’? Dream On," 18 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of incremental

1696, in the meaning defined above

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