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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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In what seems to be another indication of the acceptance of a more gradualist approach to achieving its goals, AQAP is focused on making itself indispensable to many of the anti-Houthi forces fighting along the frontlines of Yemen's civil war.
Precise definitions of "gradualist" and "revisionist" are murky.
A gradualist would praise the desire by some in leadership to at least downplay hurtful language about LGBT people, even if the church continues to keep on its books language that says that they, too, are defective human beings.
NKrumah had called for rapid integration so that sovereignty tendencies would not inhibit the drive toward integration, while Nyerere called for gradualist approach to integration based on the development of regional pillars.
(9) Baregu, "Nyerere and African Unity: From Gradualist to an Adept Fast-tracker," The Citizen, April 14, 2010
My guess is that during the Israeli Prime Minister's first visit to Washington he and Obama reached an agreement on a gradualist political and military strategy to undermine Iran's nuclear military program through diplomacy and covert action.
Most state governments have also acted in the same spirit." Because of our gradualist approach, it took time for the economic reforms to have an impact.
Singh said: "Because of our gradualist approach, it took time for the economic reforms to have an impact.
(But that's only IF the rest of the UK agrees.) Salmond is a gradualist, in contrast to the screaming Braveheart fundamentalist wing of the SNP who want out of the UK regardless.
The structure of Shanghai's equity market is still relatively undeveloped by regional standards as Chinese regulators have taken a gradualist approach to market development.'
On the contrary, the path from positive war to positive peace has been strewn with petals of negative peace, watered in most cases by structural violence and fettered in all cases by gradualist discourses to African unity.
The actions available to the government are therefore denoted FT (for a fast-track regime) and GR (for a gradualist regime).3 The actions available to a foreign firm investing in a productive capacity are entry via an acquisition (ACQ), or entry via a new plant (NP).