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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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Part of this process involves heeding the call by the gradualist for fundamental issues to be addressed before a consideration of greater integration.
Some analysts said this indicated a continued preference on the part of the MPC to move during those Inflation Report months whenever possible and stick to its avowed gradualist strategy.
Mr Pedersen said the broad objective of the new package is to modernise regulatory culture and increase transparency, taking a gradualist rather than a revolutionary approach.
The inference is clear: The framers of the Manterrey Consensus, as well as powerful international entities such as the World Bank and the IMF, all favor a global taxation regime, but are using a gradualist strategy, starting with tax harmonization, to achieve it.
Blackford fell out with party leader Salmond after speaking out against his gradualist approach to independence.
9] The Muslim Brothers articulate a gradualist agenda for change that begins with "the Muslim individual, up to the Muslim family, the Muslim community, and then the Muslim State.
The "schizo-artist" as exemplified by these cases, among many, many more, may be a mark of our times, which no longer provide the social conditions for those long, gradualist unfoldings of artistic careers, so organic in their slowly burgeoning development over four or five decades, exemplified by Michelangelo, Titian, Rembrandt, and Monet.
Over most of the course of American history--the onset and aftermath of the Civil War stand as the singular exceptions--the political process brought together conflicting intraparty interests in a common quest to gain national power, encouraged the necessary accomodations to avoid crippling conflict, and abetted the evolution of innovative policies, often through the enactment of gradualist statutes.
Regarding Powell, most Fed watchers, including ourselves, expect he will signal a gradualist approach to tightening, maintaining continuity in approach from his predecessor, Yellen.
The shift from gradualist to immediatist understandings reshaped American religion, abolition, and interracial relations from 1780 to 1850.
Following a "textbook model" of devolution is "not the Welsh way", First Minister Rhodri Morgan insisted last night as he talked up the gradualist approach to more powers for the National Assembly.
The Bank's gradualist, cautious approach is to be applauded.