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English adjective: gradual

1. gradual proceeding in small stages


SamplesA gradual increase in prices.


Similarbit-by-bit, gradational, gradatory, graduated, in small stages, piecemeal, step-by-step, stepwise


See alsoslow


Antonymssudden

2. gradual (of a topographical gradient) not steep or abrupt


SamplesA gradual slope.


Similareasy, gentle, sloping


See alsoinclined


Antonymssteep


English noun: gradual

1. gradual (communication) (Roman Catholic Church) an antiphon (usually from the Book of Psalms) immediately after the epistle at Mass


Broader (hypernym)antiphon, antiphony


Domain categoryChurch of Rome, Roman Catholic, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Church, Western Church









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