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Synonyms for gradual
ˈgrædʒ u əl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gradual(adj)

    (Roman Catholic Church) an antiphon (usually from the Book of Psalms) immediately after the epistle at Mass

    jerky, bold, steep, steepish, heavy, precipitous, explosive, sharp, fulminant, emergent, steep-sided, choppy, abrupt, bluff, perpendicular, sudden, sheer

  2. gradual(adj)

    proceeding in small stages

    "a gradual increase in prices"

    bold, sheer, abrupt, steep-sided, choppy, bluff, fulminant, steep, precipitous, sudden, emergent, perpendicular, explosive, sharp, steepish, jerky, heavy

  3. gradual(adj)

    (of a topographical gradient) not steep or abrupt

    "a gradual slope"

    sheer, heavy, sharp, steep, emergent, explosive, sudden, steep-sided, abrupt, fulminant, jerky, choppy, bluff, precipitous, steepish, perpendicular, bold


  1. gradual(noun)

    sudden, abrupt

  2. gradual(adjective)

    Proceeding by steps or small 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.

    sudden, abrupt

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. gradual

    Slow signifies moving through a relatively short distance, or with a relatively small number of motions in a given time; slow also applies to that which is a relatively long while in beginning or accomplishing something; a watch or a clock is said to be slow when its indications are behind those of the standard time. Tardy is applied to that which is behind the proper or desired time, especially in doing a work or arriving at a place. Deliberate and dilatory are used of persons, tho the latter may be used also of things, as of a stream; a person is deliberate who takes a noticeably long time to consider and decide before acting or who acts or speaks as if he were deliberating at every point; a person is dilatory who lays aside, or puts off as long as possible, necessary or required action; both words may be applied either to undertaking or to doing. Gradual (Latin gradus, a step) signifies advancing by steps, and refers to slow but regular and sure progression. Slack refers to action that seems to indicate a lack of tension, as of muscle or of will, sluggish to action that seems as if reluctant to advance.

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    dawdling, delaying, deliberate, dilatory, drowsy, dull, inactive, inert, lingering, moderate, procrastinating, slack, slow, sluggish, tardy

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. gradual

    slow, continuous, unintermittent, gradational, regular, step by step, progressive

    sudden, momentary, instantaneous, periodic, recurrent, intermittent, discontinuous, broken, disconnected

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. gradual(a.)

    regular (step by step), progressive, slow

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  1. Doug Parker:

    In recessions you don't see the airlines ground aircraft like we're doing today, what I anticipate will happen is we continue to see gradual improvement over the next six months. It doesn't need to be all the way recovered by any means but say 80 % of what it used to be, we'd be flying all of the airlines, we'd be needing to employ all of the people we have employed.

  2. Tharman Shanmugaratnam:

    MAS' monetary policy of a gradual appreciation of the nominal effective exchange rate of the Singapore dollar since 2010 has brought inflationary pressures under control.

  3. Caryn Lerman:

    It offers compelling evidence that gradual reduction should be considered to facilitate quitting.

  4. Soner Cagaptay:

    Without an AKP majority in the parliament or cabinet, however, he would be forced to accept a gradual decline in his power as these institutions undergo membership changes.

  5. Chicago Fed President Charles Evans:

    In this setting, the federal funds rate does not need to be increased as much above its neutral setting as in the past when trend inflation needed to be taken down several notches, gradual policy increases in this context make sense—certainly as a way to limit the damage if policy ever actually becomes overly tight too soon.

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