in·​cre·​men·​tal·​ism ˌiŋ-krə-ˈmen-tə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce incrementalism (audio)
: a policy or advocacy of a policy of political or social change by degrees : gradualism
incrementalist noun

Examples of incrementalism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But while CalPERS takes baby steps in the right direction, this incrementalism can’t outrun the fires and floods. Ruth Holton-Hodson, The Mercury News, 2 May 2024 After 16 years of cautious incrementalism under Chancellor Angela Merkel, many Germans welcomed the new coalition’s determination to push for change. Liana Fix, Foreign Affairs, 10 Oct. 2023 Many supporters of Ukraine have criticized the piecemeal delivery of aid and other forms of incrementalism. Austin Carson, Foreign Affairs, 14 Sep. 2023 This has been a consistent talking point in her work: that incrementalism is not just insufficient but often damaging. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, 30 Aug. 2023 What is striking is precisely that the diverse countries in our sample show common patterns: histories of polarization, a crucial role for legislative acquiescence—a key component of our argument that Norris ignores—and strategies of stealth and incrementalism. Foreign Affairs, 19 Oct. 2021 This recipe leads to incrementalism, not disruption. Rakesh Kumar, Fortune, 13 June 2023 Radical incrementalism has been mostly embraced in academia, policymaking, and even self-improvement. Brendan Leonard, Outside Online, 22 Feb. 2023 Semi-Rad Meditations on radical incrementalism for the adventurer Heading out the door? Brendan Leonard, Outside Online, 22 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1966, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of incrementalism was in 1966

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“Incrementalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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