noun Date: 1835 1. the policy of approaching a desired end by gradual stages 2. the evolution of new species by gradual accumulation of small genetic changes over long periods of time; also a theory or model of evolution emphasizing this — compare punctuated equilibriumgradualist noun or adjectivegradualistic adjective

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