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secular

1. not religious.
2. over long periods of time; gradual.

secular changes, trends
changes that occur over long periods, as long as decades.
References in classic literature ?
Secular and religious education had effaced the throat-grap- pling instinct, or else firm finance held in check the passions.
Miss Ladd broke through her rule of attending to secular affairs on week days only; and, after consulting with Mrs.
Yet so loose were the ideas of the times respecting the conduct of the clergy, whether secular or regular, that the Prior Aymer maintained a fair character in the neighbourhood of his abbey.
Every one must have remarked how mud-banks, left by the retiring tide, imitate in miniature a country with hill and dale; and here we have the original model in rock, formed as the continent rose during the secular retirement of the ocean, instead of during the ebbing and flowing of the tides.
Nature looks provokingly stable and secular, but it has a cause like all the rest; and when once I comprehend that, will these fields stretch so immovably wide, these leaves hang so individually considerable?
It fitted neither with the season of the year nor with the secular experience of seamen as recorded in books, nor with the aspect of the sky.
It was a very short man in the black uniform of the Roman secular clergy, and looking
Seculars don't have any parentage," Hegde said earlier in his address.