Gradualism Definition

The belief in or the policy of advancing toward a goal by gradual, often slow stages.
American Heritage Medicine
The principle of seeking to achieve social or political changes or goals gradually.
Webster's New World
The view that evolution proceeds by imperceptibly small, cumulative steps over long periods of time rather than by abrupt, major changes.
American Heritage Medicine
The definition of gradualism is the slow and gradual changes that happen within an organism or society to make a better environmental fit for animals and humans.
An example of gradualism is the stripes of a tiger developing over time so they are better able to hide in tall grass.

(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.


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