gradual

Part of speech: adverb

Gradually.

Part of speech: adjective

Proceeding by steps; moving slowly and regularly; slow.

Part of speech: adjective

Divided into degrees; graduated.

Part of speech: noun

Gradualness.

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Usage examples "gradual":

  1. The change had been gradual, beginning with the day when he had told the author of the notice that had appeared on the door of the Kicker office not to hold the express on his account. - "The Coming of the Law", Charles Alden Seltzer.
  2. Not till the General in command took the matter in hand, and himself ordered it to be broken off, were dispositions made at one o'clock in the morning for a gradual retirement, which was completed by three. - "The Franco-German War of 1870-71", Count Helmuth, von Moltke.
  3. This discovery was a gradual one. - "Lost in the Fog", James De Mille.