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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The belief in or the policy of advancing toward a goal by gradual, often slow stages.
  • noun Biology The view that evolution proceeds by imperceptibly small, cumulative steps over long periods of time rather than by abrupt, major changes.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A gradual, progressive, or slow method of action.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun 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.

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