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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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This provides insight into the contradictions between the revolutionaries and gradualist at the 9th African Union summit in Ghana.
If she wants more funds for this gradualist approach, she would be better off complaining about the cost of Prince Charles (of Wales?
His prepared testimony was largely as expected, underscoring the gradualist approach to rate hikes and his first House inquisition at 10 ET is awaited next.
Becker, owed a great deal to the wisdom of Eisenhower, whose pragmatic, gradualist style of conservatism is too seldom imitated in our day.
It stands to reason therefore that Conservative support is holding up better in the wake of the cuts than that of a party whose supporters were more in sympathy with Labour's more gradualist approach to deficit reduction.
Adding to the defensive stature, Trichet said that "a gradualist approach of this kind may be the most effective antidote to the threat to price stability.
They have recognised that a gradualist approach is no longer appropriate.
But Lord Elis-Thomas said: "What the system of gradual transfer of powers provides for is for the National Assembly to build up its capacity for law-making in a sensible, sensitive and gradualist way.
This has caused bold reconfigurations to be set aside in favor of a gradualist approach that is frustrating to some.
Minutes of the July 7-8 meeting showed the MPC had judged there was little significant economic news and a third successive 25 basis point rise would have led to an unwarranted reevaluation by markets of the bank's declared gradualist strategy.
But North Wales CBI chairman Tony Allan said consecutive monthly rises marked a shift from the gradualist, well-signalledMPC policy of the past.
Neil said that Swinney's gradualist approach in a Scottish election polled only 455,722 votes while the party managed 629,564 in the 1992 General Election.