gradual gradual  /ˈɡræ dʒu əl/


  1. (n) (Roman Catholic Church) an antiphon (usually from the Book of Psalms) immediately after the epistle at Mass
  2. (adj) proceeding in small stages
  3. (adj) (of a topographical gradient) not steep or abrupt


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  1. Such a gradual course requires patience, guile and discipline, rather than flamboyant words and heroic poses.
  2. If the body is revived during this time, the brain makes a gradual transition, taking half an hour, back to using oxygen.
  3. Senator Carl Levin's proposal for a gradual troop withdrawal, starting now, is the right policy.


  1. Gradual Ruble Weakening Good for Economy As Recession Looms - Russia Minister

    Gradual Ruble Weakening Good for Economy As Recession Looms - Russia Minister
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Nasdaq

  2. Police retirement fund, county programs benefit from traffic ticket fines

    Operation Thunder continued its gradual move this week from the streets of Augusta to the Richmond County courthouse, with hundreds of thousands of dollars in traffic fines being pumped back into local governmen.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The Augusta Chronicle

  3. 150 YEARS AGO: Lincoln endorses gradual emancipation in meeting with Radicals

    MACON — President Abraham Lincoln endorsed gradual, compensated emancipation for Missouri in an interview with a representative of mainly German Radical abolitionists, according to a report of the mee
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Columbia Daily Tribune

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  1. "Over the remainder of 2008, the effects of monetary policy and fiscal stimulus, a gradual ebbing of the drag from residential construction, further progress in the repair of financial and credit markets, and still-solid demand from abroad should...
    on Jun 9, 2008 By: Ben Bernanke Source: MarketWatch

  2. "China will continue to steadily advance the reform of the formation of the renminbi exchange rate mechanism under the principle of independent decision-making controllability and gradual progress," Mr Hu said.
    on May 23, 2010 By: Hu Jintao Source: BBC News

  3. "We got it moving again," Obama said of the economy. "We now have to, in a gradual way, reduce spending ...... but do so in a way that doesn't hurt people. And that is a challenge."
    on Jul 1, 2010 By: Barack Obama Source: Chippewa Herald

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