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 incrementalism (audio) \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web Gonzalez’s message — that the state should aim higher than Baker’s incrementalism — proved unpersuasive to voters; four years later, some analysts question whether Democrats will have any success making a similar pitch this time around., 7 July 2021 But even as Chief Justice Roberts lost power, some of the values associated with him — incrementalism and deep concern for institutional legitimacy — remained evident in at least some of the court’s work. New York Times, 2 July 2021 In the early days of the primary campaign, the three Democrats running for governor next year are voicing strikingly similar messages: Don’t settle for Governor Charlie Baker’s narrow, slow incrementalism!, 7 July 2021 Decisive leadership and big ideas have given way to risk aversion and incrementalism. New York Times, 21 June 2021 The conventional wisdom last fall was that Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.’s leadership, with its bias toward incrementalism and moderation, was over. Adam Liptak, New York Times, 18 June 2021 In this context, Biden sees the greatest risks in incrementalism. David Brooks, Star Tribune, 21 May 2021 The Biden administration’s climate strategy is starting to look a lot like tepid incrementalism. Nick Martin, The New Republic, 25 May 2021 The decision set the course of Biden’s presidency, establishing from the start that his time in the Oval Office would deviate from the incrementalism of his Senate career. Alana Abramson, Time, 27 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of incrementalism

1966, in the meaning defined above

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“Incrementalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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