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Definition of Gradual


  1. Proceeding by steps or degrees; advancing, step by step, as in ascent or descent or from one state to another; regularly progressive; slow; as, a gradual increase of knowledge; a gradual decline.
  2. An antiphon or responsory after the epistle, in the Mass, which was sung on the steps, or while the deacon ascended the steps.
  3. A service book containing the musical portions of the Mass.
  4. A series of steps.

Gradual Quotations

The safest road to hell is the gradual one - the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.
C. S. Lewis

Headlines, in a way, are what mislead you because bad news is a headline, and gradual improvement is not.
Bill Gates

I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.
James Madison

The whole history of science has been the gradual realization that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner, but that they reflect a certain underlying order, which may or may not be divinely inspired.
Stephen Hawking

Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.
Pat Riley
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Gradual Translations

gradual in Dutch is geleidelijk
gradual in Hungarian is fokozatos
gradual in Norwegian is gradvis
gradual in Spanish is gradual

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