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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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