Definition of gradualism in English:



mass noun
  • 1A policy of gradual reform rather than sudden change or revolution.

    • ‘Moreover, counter to the positive effects of unlimited application of airpower, the gradualism of Allied Force may well be the norm for future coalition conflicts.’
    • ‘For a preference for gradualism implies that these other considerations are more important than liberty.’
    • ‘Indeed, it can be argued that a policy of gradualism has served the kingdom well.’
    • ‘The author argues for gradualism in change, rather than revolutionary overthrow of current systems.’
    • ‘‘Given the Chinese authorities' preference for gradualism in economic policy, further small rate rises are on the cards, ‘he said.’’
    • ‘Is this because they have now been won round to the logic of gradualism, and realise that independence is not going to happen over night?’
    • ‘If China does opt for gradualism, a wider band and a switch to a currency basket might do the trick.’
    • ‘The gradualism of government reorganization frustrated expectations and more radical political and social models pushed the Italian states to the crisis of war and revolution.’
    • ‘These principles included a commitment to gradualism, which called for persuasion and education rather than revolution to achieve socialism.’
    • ‘Another issue concerning historical change is that of gradualism as opposed to revolution.’
    • ‘The main difference between China's economic reform and the reform in Russia is that China is taking a path of gradualism.’
    • ‘In 1903 he joined the Fabians and, discontented with their excessive gradualism, quit them after just a few years.’
    • ‘The layers of architecture spanned almost a century and with an impeccable gradualism constantly changed.’
    1. 1.1Biology The hypothesis that evolution proceeds chiefly by the accumulation of gradual changes (in contrast to the punctuationist model).
      • ‘Punctuated equilibrium contradicts the previously held theory of evolutionary gradualism, and certainly raises questions about adaptation, selection and survival of the fittest.’
      • ‘The theory, as it was originally formulated, combined gradualism with sudden and relatively rapid bursts of evolutionary change.’
      • ‘For Dawkins, gradualism musts also fit the empirical facts, and the empirical facts on extinctions, speciation and periods of relative stasis are mounting.’
      • ‘Darwinian gradualism and a growing emphasis on large populations accounted for the origins of species.’
      • ‘Despite incontrovertible and growing evidence that there were distinct eras of different creatures, the scientific community embraced the idea of gradualism.’