incremental

adjective
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 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 Ocasio-Cortez — along with fellow progressive congresswomen like Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib — has pushed for structural over incremental change since her 2018 election. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, "AOC Says “We Need New Leadership In The Democratic Party” — She’s Absolutely Right," 17 Dec. 2020 By taking incremental steps, China appears on the path toward building a program that can sustain steady progress. Ken Moritsugu, The Christian Science Monitor, "Moon rock samples brought to Earth for first time in 44 years," 17 Dec. 2020 By taking incremental steps, China appears on the path toward building a program that can sustain steady progress. Bloomberg.com, "Chinese Capsule Returns to Earth Carrying Moon Rocks," 16 Dec. 2020 The change is happening in only one state, and it’s an incremental reform in Oregon’s past policy, which was to classify all such offenses as misdemeanors. Steve Chapman, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Oregon makes the case for decriminalizing hard drugs," 9 Dec. 2020 But Hardesty and Eudaly rejected incremental change and proposed the city reduce the police budget by $18 million and divert the majority of those funds to city coronavirus relief efforts. oregonlive, "$18 million cut to Portland police budget not possible without layoffs, city analysis shows," 5 Nov. 2020 And though 25 years have gone by, King says, only incremental change has been seen. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "A look back at the Million Man March, 25 years later," 16 Oct. 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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15 Jan 2021

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“Incremental.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/incremental. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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