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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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Thus the transition from the present situation to the professionalised arrangement can be expected to of a gradualistic kind which involves distinctively voluntaristic elements.
These are (1) the will power and leadership of each of the presidential administrations, (2) the strategies of gradualistic change, (3) the persistence of a Soviet-era administrative apparatus incapable of implementing reform but capable of blocking reformist policies, or (4) opportunistic alliances between powerful groups (e.
I think it's a powerful electoral issue and philosophical issue right now if you think about how much we owe to a kind of gradualistic, ameliorist sense of politics.
His ideas on gradualistic language acquisition are precisely the ones embraced by the LAUSD.
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.
Though gradualistic in approach, the reform process unleashed enormous growth potential of the economy.
This discontinuity poses a problem for gradualistic evolution.
The current evolutionary models proposed to account for the origin of fossils and sequence patterns are monophyletic gradualism, single origin with a gradualistic appearance of multiple complexity, and monophyletic punctualism, single origin with sudden appearance of multiple lineages.
Eldredge and Gould not only showed that paleontologists had been out of step with biologists for decades, but also that they had been unconsciously trying to force the fossil record into the gradualistic mode.
Zax, Chairman and President, said, "We believe a measured and gradualistic response is appropriate to estimating the future financial impact of the workers' compensation reform legislation.
48) As the notion of random, gradualistic causality becomes increasingly untenable in the light of the empirical evidence, biochemist Michael Behe is drawn to the serious, empirically compelling consideration that, "Clearly, if something was not put together gradually, then it must have been put together quickly or even suddenly.