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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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164) Since the gradualistic approach of the Oslo Accords meant that many of the treaty provisions governing Israeli-Palestinian relations were regularly being reconsidered and/or changing, the Oslo Accords were rarely able to benefit from the compliance-promoting efficiencies of routinization.
To compare the level of restructuring across the precipitous and gradualistic cases we only need to totally differentiate (4).
On the other side, a gradualistic strategy often is regarded as hesitant behaviour.
Our basic point can be summarized thus: in Colombia institutional factors impede drastic changes in policy from occurring in ways other than in a gradualistic and pragmatic fashion.
It was precisely the demonstrated dynamism of the non-state sector, perceived as a threat to the Plan and socialism, which led Mao in early 1956 to accelerate the hitherto gradualistic pace of socialization of the national economy.
Immediate, complete, and unconditional in its demands, the French paradigm stands in sharp contrast to the gradualistic and piecemeal Central European approach that demanded assimilation as the price for emancipation.
these objects are obviously crossrelated, whether they are connected by gradualistic transformations in one or more parameters, whether there exist codifiable consistencies in intervening "buffer materials," and so on.
Accommodation" is historically a gradualistic response within African-American politics, which seeks reforms by cooperation with the white corporate establishment, collaboration with the more conservative elements of the major parties, and an advocacy of private self-help and the development of a minority entrepreneurial strata.
Though gradualistic in approach, the reform process unleashed enormous growth potential of the economy.
Relative frequencies are still being debated, but I feel that we have moved on to investigating, for example, what situations produce a more punctuated or more gradualistic pattern, or the interaction of constraints and adaptation, rather than having mutually opposed options.
It is just that, if punctuationism is right, the progressive, gradualistic steps are compressed into a timeframe which the fossil record does not resolve.
This discontinuity poses a problem for gradualistic evolution.