The definition of a gradation is a process of arranging in a series of stages or one step in the process.(noun)
See gradation in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: Fr < L gradatio < gradatus, having steps or grades < gradus: see grade
See gradation in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Latin gradātiō, gradātiōn-
Origin: , from gradus, step; see grade.
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