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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Financial innovation turns out to be an important part of the story of Canada's gradualism years.
The combination of gradualism (on the most generous interpretation) in domestic economic reform and the paralyzing effect of the eurozone crisis will lead to a massive shock.
Blessed Daniel of the PRS, although he welcomed the consensus among political parties, said his party did not agree with the geographical gradualism "imposed by this Law."
Rule 2: 'Easy does it': Gradualism in change and not radicalism produces more lasting changes
While he noted an optimistic outlook for the economy, he added that its potential capacity is "unknown and largely unobservable" and that "uncertainty can complicate policymaking in even what appears to be a very healthy economy, providing a further argument for gradualism." He believes the Fed is as close to reaching its dual mandate as it's been in a long time.
Such coercive gradualism is supported by gray zone tactics, which are measures that are aggressive yet designed to remain below the threshold of conventional military conflict.
Notwithstanding Dubcek's inclination towards gradualism, the freedom of expression and the indiscriminate right to travel abroad that Czechoslovakia had offered its citizens perturbed the party patriarchs in neighbouring states, not least Wladyslaw Gomulka in Poland and Walter Ulbricht in East Germany.
Thus, we hope the President will approach federalism with the well considered gradualism it requires, lest he leave a legacy of an unpleasant surprise for his country and seriously stall the economic momentum his administration has generated.
The sources said the repatriation of registered Afghan refugees was guided by the principle of voluntarism and gradualism as embedded in the tripartite agreement signed between governments of Pakistan, Afghanistan and the UNHCR.
The conclusion of QNB's weekly note was that the gradualism in the MAS approach to tighten monetary policy appears to be motivated by uncertainty surrounding trade tensions between the US and China and the fact that the Singapore economy is highly sensitive to fluctuations in global trade.
The financial markets have been lulled into complacency by Janet Yellen's dovish dotplots and genteel gradualism on monetary policy.
Slave rebellions, Sinha sensibly insists, lay at the heart of the abolitionist movement and forced moderate whites to abandon gradualism for immediatism.