from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The belief in or the policy of advancing toward a goal by gradual, often slow stages.
- n. Biology The view that speciation proceeds by imperceptibly small, cumulative steps over long periods of time rather than by abrupt, major changes.
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- n. In evolutionary biology, belief that evolution proceeds at a steady pace, without the sudden development of new species or biological features from one generation to the next.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A gradual, progressive, or slow method of action.
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For the catastrophists, the flood that they believe filled the tar pits with carcasses in one day gainsays the theory of evolution, which they call gradualism.
The whole history of the subject of "gradualism" is interesting.
I wonder how you arrived at the conclusion that gradualism is replaced by a goal-oriented approach?
This is the view that the fossil record in general is explained better in terms of the universal Flood, recorded in Genesis 6–8, than it is by means of the evolutionary ideology known as gradualism, the notion that the fossil record was laid down, ever so gradually, over millions of years.
In general terms, in the document the WTO congratulates Beijing on its performance, acknowledging that China's policy is one of "gradualism" motivated by the need for maintaining economic and social stability.
Nor does it mean we have to settle for "gradualism" or accept the rules of the game as they are.
What about "gradualism"? by Tom Murphy on Tuesday, Nov 13, 2007 at 2: 53: 49 PM
Many previously said points were re-iterated, such as the central parity will remain fixed, but the mechanism will go through a change in "gradualism" widening gap is one of them. - see English re-cap here.
It was that kind of gradualism that took the edge off.
And preparing for likely possibilities is especially important if one believes, as I do, in "gradualism," that it is far better to adjust benefits and taxes slowly and deliberately than quickly and without warning.