gradualism


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gradualism

Geology the theory that explains major changes in rock strata, fossils, etc. in terms of gradual evolutionary processes rather than sudden violent catastrophes

gradualism

[′graj·ə·wə‚liz·əm]
(evolution)
A model of evolution in which change is slow, steady, and on the whole ameliorative, resulting in a gradual and continuous increase in biological diversity. Also known as phyletic gradualism.
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The brotherhoods' leadership's gradualism rocked no boats, eschewed the radicalism of the era, and therefore triumphed, enabling the wider successes of the New Deal.
138) and ad hoc assumptions about the nature of genetic change based on the principle of gradualism (p.
It is clear from figure 2 that the data strongly support this gradualism in Fed behavior.
Fleming's analysis of the events leading to the Civil War presents the argument that gradualism might have saved the United States from the horrendous death toll of the war and the agonies of the Reconstruction period that followed.
Weiner's Madison appears to have taken "the tranquilizing drug of gradualism.
His poem moved readers from private solace toward a larger easing of public tensions and it did so, as I argue, by promulgating a gradualist mode of development, (13) In centering on inconceivably slow progress as the means to achieve profound change, Newman's gradualism appealed to those seeking comfort and counsel, but also to men like Doyle who sought to move past the pains of the Oxford Movement towards a reconciliation effected first on literary grounds.
The Brotherhood initially looked to the AKP as a model given the AKP's political success, but once the Brotherhood faced resistance, it abandoned the AKP's type of gradualism and is now attempting to consolidate power as quickly as possible, which has only intensified the resistance against it and weakened the very state that the Brotherhood is trying to control.
Nyerere and Sekou Toure had the most effective influence on the other delegations and were largely responsible for the final result, which was to reject the largely Nkruma-hist doctrine of an immediate overall political union and accept instead a process of gradualism.
The way forward for both is defined more by gradualism than dramatic recompensation for the past.
The settings are just right for finance minister Arun Jaitley to shun gradualism and go for broke," India's English-language Hindustan Times newspaper said in an editorial Saturday.
The ultimate reason for the acceptance of gradualism is the difference between the objective order and the subjective order.
Regardless of what's being taught, what high schoolers are learning is gradualism.