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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 author's account is instructive because it provides a detailed, if not always well edited, exposition of the gradualist evolution of national and international responses to the taxation of e-commerce and the critical significance of e-commerce in terms of loss of revenue to revenue authorities and the erosion of tax bases.
Having defined the gradualist approach as requiring certain institutional changes before the liberalisation--which no country performed--Havrylyshyn condemns going slowly as 'one of the biggest and most scandalous canards .
Bray's gradualist account traces the outline drawn by the great contemporary Catholic historian John Bossy, who finds in post-Reformation England "strong and direct" evidence of continuity (Peace in the Post-Reformation, 1998, 75-76).
It's fundamentally intellectual cowardice to think that supporting gradualist programs amounts to a repudiation of libertarian principles.
He situated the emergence of humankind, The descent of Man (Darwin 1871) as he was to term it 12 years later, within the context of the evolution of species, seeing this as part of a gradualist and uniformitarian process which rendered creationism unnecessary.
A gradualist believes in a growing block: he agrees with the eternalist about the past and the present but not about the future.
In particular, it remains unclear whether the Obama administration intends to push swiftly for a final status agreement or - as Israel prefers - plans to pursue a more gradualist approach aimed at strengthening the position of the western-backed Palestinian Authority and boosting the West Bank economy.
This deeply felt exhibition by a veteran of the original fray (who has worked with both forms) reverses that course; it shows how far the theoretical biases of the Pictures generation have been vacated and how radicalism may in time mutate into gradualist tradition.
Jackson argues that a "dominant ideological force" in early and mid-twentieth century Britain was an "egalitarian tradition associated with left liberals and gradualist socialists.
Such a gradualist strategy is fine for trade, where each round can achieve progressively stronger trade obligations, but rarely do further negotiations result in stronger investment protections.
There is every reason to suppose that the gradualist and paternalist views put forward in his prefaces, magazine articles, and Constitution editorials had Harris's honest if highly qualified support.