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Occurring or developing slowly or by small increments: gradual erosion; a gradual slope.
n. Roman Catholic Church
1. The liturgical book containing the chants for the Mass.
2. A biblical text sung between the Epistle and the Gospel of the Mass.

[Middle English, having steps, from Medieval Latin graduālis, from Latin gradus, step; see grade. N., Middle English, from Medieval Latin graduāle, the part of the service sung by the choir from the altar steps, gradual, from neuter sing. of graduālis.]

grad′u·al·ly adv.
grad′u·al·ness n.
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Noun1.gradualness - the property possessed by a slope that is very gradual
gradient, slope - the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the horizontal; "a five-degree gradient"
precipitousness, steepness, abruptness - the property possessed by a slope that is very steep
2.gradualness - the quality of being gradual or of coming about by gradual stages
fastness, swiftness, speed - a rate (usually rapid) at which something happens; "the project advanced with gratifying speed"
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Manama, July 11 (BNA): Finance Minister Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa has reiterated the government's commitment to implementation of plans that will consolidate the financial position, stressing the essentiality of increasing awareness of the importance of gradualness when implementing plans aimed to attain the state of equilibrium and overcome the financial challenge faced not only by the Kingdom of Bahrain but also by all countries whose economies are oil-dependent.
2012, On Gradualness of Grammaticalization of Desinential Case Exponents in Finno-Ugric Languages.
The study is based on an experiment with children between 4 and 5 years old, which led to a characterization of the process's gradualness as depending on the nature of the sounds (vowel or not, presence or absence of certain traits).
This fact hints at a gradualness of the concept of word, as we will see later on with more details: there are prototypical words and less prototypical ones and there are even cases where one may wonder whether the phonetic string can be considered a word at all.
McElroy notes Francis' citing of the "law of gradualness," which recognizes that humans achieve moral growth in stages and which "reflects love more than judgment.
We are satisfied that the decision they reached is based on the principle of gradualness and reciprocity our country has consistently defended at every stage of these complicated negotiations," the statement reads.
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The main disadvantage of setting regulations in terms of numeric values in most countries has been the difficulty to establish procedures that allow gradualness in its compliance, according to the legislation in each country and to the technological changes.
Such a suggestion the study reiterates the core premise of the variationist analysis that linguistic factors can influence the variation process, motivating a more refined control, if not in terms of gradualness of the realization of the phenomenon--which is not always possible due to the acoustic quality of the field data--at least concerning other factors, besides syllable stressing.
Consequently, fuzzy numbers are a 'level-wise' extension of interval values, in such a way that levels add gradualness to the imprecision associated with intervals.
If people think the law of gradualness means you leave everybody where they stand and then do a graph of them, that isn't what it's about at all.
Samuelson spends significant time laying out the history and doctrine of Stoicism, including a summary of Stoic disciplines of study, meditation, attentiveness, gradualness, and daily self-examination.