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From Medieval Latin gradualis, from Latin gradus (step), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰradʰ-, *gʰredʰ- (to walk, go). Cognate with Gothic 𐌲𐍂𐌹𐌸𐍃 (griþs, step, grade), Bavarian Gritt (step, stride).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈɡɹædʒuəl/
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  • Hyphenation: grad‧u‧al

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gradual (comparative more gradual, superlative most gradual)

  1. Proceeding by steps or small degrees; advancing step by step, as in ascent or descent or from one state to another; regularly progressive; slow.
    a gradual increase of knowledge; a gradual decline
    • Milton
      Creatures animate with gradual life / Of growth, sense, reason, all summed up in man.

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gradual (plural graduals)

  1. (Roman Catholic Church) An antiphon or responsory after the epistle, in the Mass, which was sung on the steps, or while the deacon ascended the steps.
  2. (Roman Catholic Church) A service book containing the musical portions of the Mass.

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gradual (masculine and feminine plural graduals)

  1. gradual

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gradual m, f (plural graduais, comparable)

  1. Prodecing by steps or small grades; gradual.

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gradual (plural graduales)

  1. gradual

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gradual m (plural graduales)

  1. (Roman Catholic Church) gradual