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

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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 In return, Glendale's remaining Bayshore tax incremental financing debt of $57 million was paid off by the property owners. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New high-end apartments proposed for Glendale's Bayshore mixed-use project to total over 300 units," 10 July 2020 The process becomes almost meditative, a repetitive cycle of completing remedial tasks (sorry, Urban Zombie) in the name of an incremental reward (XP!) and a quick dopamine hit. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Homebound with EarthBound," 5 July 2020 Due to the new spike in cases, Abbott put the state’s incremental economic reopening plan on pause last week. Fox News, "MLB Hall of Fame catcher Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez touts face masks in Texas coronavirus PSA," 2 July 2020 While anything is possible in the tumultuous world of Israeli politics, what changes come are likely to be modest and incremental—more like slicing a salami than swallowing large new additions in a huge gulp. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Netanyahu Needs to Slice the Annexation Salami," 1 July 2020 But civil rights activists and scholars said incremental action is no longer what America needs. NBC News, "Trump says his policing order is a 'big step.' Activists call it 'breadcrumbs.'," 16 June 2020 Where Apple is embarking on more aggressive efforts to block ad-tracking and cross-platform tracking, Google's steps on Wednesday seem much more incremental. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Google Will Delete Your Data by Default—in 18 Months," 24 June 2020 An incremental increase if the court rules earlier bans unconstitutional is meant to encourage the judges to re-evaluate current case law based on the scientific advances made since the Roe v. Wade decision and potentially overrule precedent. Tyler Arnold, Washington Examiner, "Anti-abortion heartbeat bill passes Tennessee Legislature, heads to Lee’s desk," 22 June 2020 Critics say the steps have been too incremental and not radical enough. The Economist, "The reinvention of Japan’s power supply is making little headway," 21 June 2020

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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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13 Jul 2020

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“Incremental.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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