An example of gradualism is the stripes of a tiger developing over time so they are better able to hide in tall grass.
- The belief in or the policy of advancing toward a goal by gradual, often slow stages.
- Biology The view that evolution proceeds by imperceptibly small, cumulative steps over long periods of time rather than by abrupt, major changes.
- (biology) Belief that evolution proceeds at a steady pace, without the sudden development of new species or biological features from one generation to the next.
- (politics) The belief that change ought to be brought about in small, discrete increments rather than in abrupt strokes such as revolutions or uprisings.