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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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If this continues interest rates will have to increase to a more neutral level later this year.' But he went on to urge the Bank of England to stick to its gradualistic approach in raising interest rates and not risk stifling the economic recovery.
Behe's challenge to Darwinism is, as Witham puts it, "by what conceivable gradualistic series of step-by-step mutations could this amazing machine have evolved?"
Another type of building block might be roughly defined as "mechanisms": these include 1) the many different types of practical commitments and processes, set out in an agreement, that can be used to advance towards the parties' goals, including elections, transitional periods, anti-incitement provisions, redeployments, and delegations of power; and 2) the many different types of conceptual tools or methodologies upon which the parties can rely to reflect in the legal text their level of agreement, including specificity, ambiguity, paralleled reciprocity, and open-ended gradualistic processes.
I may agree about deepening, but I think accelerating the process in the current political milieu in both countries is full of risks; a more gradualistic and cautious approach, which seems to be the case in India, would be prefereable.
King's evolution in thought away from the NAACP protest tradition and the gradualistic tactics of organizations like the interracial Alabama Council on Human Relations, which King served as a vice president.
Thus the transition from the present situation to the professionalised arrangement can be expected to of a gradualistic kind which involves distinctively voluntaristic elements.
However, there has been little recognition of the significance of the increasing utilization of nonviolent methods to affect change in nations where guerrilla warfare from below or gradualistic reform from above were once seen as the only alternatives.
For example, in contrast to the Federal Reserve under the Voicker chairmanship, the central bank under Greenspan has pursued what has been called a "gradualistic" approach to reserve management, characterized by a drastic reduction in interest rate volatility.
This process is typically gradualistic. Therefore, the theoretic analysis of a labor-managed economy in this paper concludes that, most probably, the initial shock measures later undergo changes and supplements to become gradualist strategies.
These are (1) the will power and leadership of each of the presidential administrations, (2) the strategies of gradualistic change, (3) the persistence of a Soviet-era administrative apparatus incapable of implementing reform but capable of blocking reformist policies, or (4) opportunistic alliances between powerful groups (e.g., clans) able to obstruct economic change.
I think it's a powerful electoral issue and philosophical issue right now if you think about how much we owe to a kind of gradualistic, ameliorist sense of politics.
Michael Behe's Darwin's Black Box noted the "irreducible complexity" at the cellular level that require the immediate presence of a number of closely matched components before these molecular machines can function--components that cannot be accounted for by the chance, gradualistic mechanism of Darwin.