Gradual



[graj-oo-uh l] /ˈgrædʒ u əl/

adjective
1.
taking place, changing, moving, etc., by small degrees or little by little:
gradual improvement in health.
2.
rising or descending at an even, moderate inclination:
a gradual slope.
noun
3.
Ecclesiastical. (often initial capital letter)

/ˈɡrædjʊəl/
adjective
1.
occurring, developing, moving, etc, in small stages: a gradual improvement in health
2.
not steep or abrupt: a gradual slope
noun
3.
(often capital) (Christianity)

adj.

early 15c., “having steps or ridges,” from Medieval Latin gradualis, from Latin gradus “step” (see grade). Meaning “arranged by degrees” is from 1540s; that of “taking place by degrees” is from 1690s.

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