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1. gradual

adjective. ['ˈgrædʒuːəl'] proceeding in small stages.

Synonyms

  • graduated
  • gradatory
  • gradational
  • in small stages
  • step-by-step
  • bit-by-bit
  • piecemeal
  • stepwise

Antonyms

  • sudden
  • hurried
  • rush
  • increase

Etymology

  • gradualis (Latin)
  • gradus (Latin)

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Words that Rhyme with Gradual

  • annual
  • asexual
  • audiovisual
  • biannual
  • bisexual
  • conceptual
  • consensual
  • consensual
  • continual
  • contractual
  • eventual
  • eventual
  • factual
  • habitual
  • ineffectual
  • intellectual
  • intellectual
  • manual
  • massmutual
  • menstrual

How do you pronounce gradual?

Pronounce gradual as ˈgræʤuəl.

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Example sentences of the word gradual


1. Adjective
Weaning is a puppy's gradual transition from mother's milk to puppy food.

Quotes containing the word gradual


1. My success has been something I've worked a long time at and it's been a gradual process. I compare it to the idea of someone losing a lot of weight over a period of a few years. You don't really notice the weight loss overall but if you compare photos from then and now there's a big difference.
- Ray William Johnson

2. Theological formation is the gradual and often painful discovery of God's incomprehensibility. You can be competent in many things, but you cannot be competent in God.
- Henri J.M. Nouwen

3. The advance of regret can be so gradual that it is impossible to say "yesterday I was happy, today I am not.
- E.M. Forster, Where Angels Fear to Tread

2. gradual

adjective. ['ˈgrædʒuːəl'] (of a topographical gradient) not steep or abrupt.

Synonyms

  • easy
  • inclined
  • gentle

Antonyms

  • horizontal
  • vertical
  • accelerate
  • interesting

Etymology

  • gradualis (Latin)
  • gradus (Latin)

3. gradual

noun. ['ˈgrædʒuːəl'] (Roman Catholic Church) an antiphon (usually from the Book of Psalms) immediately after the epistle at Mass.

Synonyms

  • antiphon

Antonyms

  • strengthen
  • quickly

Etymology

  • gradualis (Latin)
  • gradus (Latin)
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