in·​cre·​men·​tal·​ism | \ ˌiŋ-krə-ˈmen-tə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce incrementalism (audio) \

Definition of incrementalism

: a policy or advocacy of a policy of political or social change by degrees : gradualism

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incrementalist \ ˌiŋ-​krə-​ˈmen-​tə-​list How to pronounce incrementalist (audio) \ noun

Examples of incrementalism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The clash between the social justice moment and Disney incrementalism could come to a head on the basketball court. Washington Post, "How Disney could be facing a lot more than a lost summer," 4 July 2020 In her pop-feminist business memoir, #Girlboss, the entrepreneur Sophia Amoruso, who had parlayed an eBay account into the fast-fashion mini-empire Nasty Gal, proposed a convenient incrementalism. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "What Comes After the Girlboss?," 25 June 2020 Linking the Fridays For Future movement and young people’s enthusiasm for policies like the Green New Deal is the belief that the time for incrementalism is over. Washington Post, "Your Kids Are Absolutely Right to Go On Strike," 19 Sep. 2019 Instead, their climb up the charts has been defined by incrementalism -- the product of a growing fanbase rather than an ephemeral virality. Caitlin Kelley, Billboard, "From BTS to BLACKPINK: A History of K-pop on the Hot 100," 24 Apr. 2019 Subaru's model overhauls are all about incrementalism. Annie White, Car and Driver, "2020 Subaru Outback Is the Same but Better," 13 Jan. 2020 Liberals defended a commitment to truth and reason in the face of the big lie, and to incrementalism in the face of visionary madness. The Economist, "Open Future Is liberalism really kaput?," 4 Dec. 2019 Former President Barack Obama came to San Francisco on Wednesday to extol the virtue of something that gets no respect in the current political climate: incrementalism. Joe Garofoli,, "Obama tells SF audience that ‘nuance’ in politics is cool," 18 Sep. 2019 The numbers show that incrementalism is a road to ruin and the transformation in energy supply and consumption required for a better road is staggering. Washington Post, "Why a Fight About Energy in 2040 Matters Right Now," 9 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of incrementalism

1966, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jul 2020

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“Incrementalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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