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gradualism

(grăj′o͞o-ə-lĭz′əm)
n.
1. The belief in or the policy of advancing toward a goal by gradual, often slow stages.
2. Biology The view that evolution proceeds by imperceptibly small, cumulative steps over long periods of time rather than by abrupt, major changes.

grad′u·al·ist n.
grad′u·al·is′tic adj.
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In February 1991, the Bank implemented a new solution - targeting inflation directly - a policy that has been markedly more successful than gradualism. Since 1991, inflation in Canada has averaged around 2 percent.
Vandiver points out that "Wheeler and Goodpaster urged an intensive program from the start; others cautioned gradualism." Johnson's strategy focused on the short term, he was always reacting to the North Vietnamese.
This political formation understands that the geographical gradualism defended by the MPLA will not bring development nor transparency in the governance of the municipalities, since it is a system that does not guarantee clarity.
Fed funds futures are mixed with the deferred contracts slipping lower after Powell's "gradualism" speech.
Even banishing skepticism and assuming that Hollande could over time persuade his supporters to embrace competitiveness-boosting policies, the eurozone crisis is denying France the time that such gradualism requires.
He assured that Pakistan would continue to adhere to the principles of voluntarism and gradualism in repatriating Afghan to their homeland.
His aloofness and dissemblance, coupled with his orientation toward gradualism, effectively invited and condoned the defiance.
It is not sufficient to hint that the CNT leadership wanted to consolidate the union merely to turn it into a defender of the status quo (p.88) or to reject the politics of Joan Peiro as gradualism and hence intrinsically reformist (p.89).
According to the parliamentarian, the constitutional principle of gradualism was not removed.
He thanked the Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade, Industry and Energy Seko Hiroshige for his hospitality and congratulated Japan on the success of the G20 deliberations during its chairmanship of the group, which presented discussions and recommendations to the most important problems facing the world today, focusing on a process of energy transformation characterized by realism, gradualism and inclusiveness
'Pakistan considers voluntary repatriation as the most preferred, viable solution for Afghan Refugees and is adhering to the principles of voluntarism and gradualism,' he said, before adding, 'We need to push this process hard.'
'Pakistan considers voluntary repatriation as the most preferred viable solution for Afghan Refugees and is adhering to the principles of voluntarism and gradualism. Pakistan over the past 40 years has hosted the Afghan refugees well and this hospitality is unprecedented in human history,' the minister said.