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 Despite the turmoil some incremental progress was made; the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968 all became law. James E. Clyburn, USA TODAY, "Rep. Jim Clyburn: Our country is at a crossroads. We must urgently reclaim King's vision of America," 18 Jan. 2021 The incoming administration is embracing some of California’s most pioneering initiatives, such as programs for rapidly decarbonizing the electricity grid and tuition-free college, as well as more obscure, incremental policies. Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times, "Make America California Again? That’s Biden’s plan," 17 Jan. 2021 For years, Republican and Democratic presidents have tackled immigration in incremental ways and deferred or procrastinated on passing a large immigration bill. oregonlive, "Biden plans legislation to offer path to citizenship for 11 million immigrants without legal status," 16 Jan. 2021 Runners can also sign up for virtual races with the option to race in competitive, recreational and incremental divisions. Katie Galioto, Star Tribune, "Grandma's Marathon is on, but only for half of racers," 14 Jan. 2021 And in the meantime, even incremental progress is hard. Majlie De Puy Kamp, CNN, "The year of reckoning: How 2020 revealed the fault lines in American policing," 18 Dec. 2020 Hades is about incremental progress, perseverance, certitude, and hope. Wired Staff, Wired, "The Best Pop Culture That Got Us Through 2020," 16 Dec. 2020 And besides, experts say incremental changes are better than dramatic resolutions. Susanna Schrobsdorff, Time, "Breaking Up With Netflix and Other Futile New Year's Resolutions," 27 Dec. 2020 By taking incremental steps, China appears on the path toward building a program that can sustain steady progress. Ken Moritsugu, USA TODAY, "Chinese capsule returns to Earth carrying moon rocks: 'Groundbreaking space mission'," 18 Dec. 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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27 Jan 2021

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“Incremental.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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