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

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But the scope and ambition that characterize her policy platform is a clear repudiation of the incrementalism that many progressives associate with Obama. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "The Battle Over Barack Obama’s Legacy at the Democratic Debates," 1 Aug. 2019 Given Powell’s penchant for incrementalism—imposingpolicy changes piecemeal in a series of small bites—a quarter-point cut onWednesday likely would not be the end of the policy easing. Larry Light, Fortune, "Here Are the Fed’s Four Options for a Rate Cut—and How the Market Will React to Each," 29 July 2019 The great divide in that room, the divide between the white liberals on the one hand and the black activists on the other, was really about this choice between pragmatism and radicalism, between incrementalism and revolution. Sean Illing, Vox, "What a 1963 RFK-James Baldwin meeting teaches us about race in Trump’s America," 8 June 2018 The fantasy of an omnipotent leader is perpetually popular in democracies, because democratic politics is all about compromise and incrementalism. Adam Kirsch, The Atlantic, "Bill Clinton’s Novel Isn't a Thriller—It's a Fantasy," 16 June 2018 Kennedy, to his credit, wasn’t talking merely about incrementalism. Sean Illing, Vox, "What a 1963 RFK-James Baldwin meeting teaches us about race in Trump’s America," 8 June 2018 Mrs Clinton’s uninspiring incrementalism made that relative disregard seem absolute. The Economist, "Democrats have plenty of anger, but few good ideas," 17 May 2018 The answer will be incrementalism in all aspects: in autonomy, range, scope, and usage. David Roberts, Vox, "Here’s how self-driving cars could catch on," 8 May 2018 Giving tax credits to technically out-of-date PHEVs only rewards automakers’ incrementalism. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Why the U.S. Needs to Up Its Standards for Hybrid Electric Vehicles," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of incrementalism

1966, in the meaning defined above

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