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gradual

grad·u·al

gradual

 
 
pronunciation:
grae ju l
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part of speech: adjective
definition: occurring evenly by degrees.
gradual changea gradual incline
synonyms:
incremental, progressive
antonyms:
abrupt, sharp, sheer, steep
similar words:
even, gentle, graduated, measured, methodical, orderly, piecemeal, regular, successive, systematic
derivations: gradually (adv.), gradualness (n.)
Word Builder: gradual +
  • gradually:
    by degrees, one small step at a time.
Word Parts
The word gradual contains the following part:
grad, -grade Latin root that means go, step, degree