gradual

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From Medieval Latin graduālis, 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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gradual (comparative more gradual, superlative most gradual)

  1. Proceeding or advancing by small, slow, regular steps or degrees
    a gradual increase of knowledge; a gradual decline
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book IX”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker [] [a]nd by Robert Boulter [] [a]nd Matthias Walker, [], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
      Creatures animate with gradual life / Of growth, sense, reason, all summed up in man.

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gradual (plural graduals)

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

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From Medieval Latin graduālis.

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gradual (masculine and feminine plural graduals)

  1. gradual

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GalicianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Medieval Latin graduālis.

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gradual m or f (plural graduais)

  1. gradual

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PortugueseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Medieval Latin graduālis.

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gradual m or f (plural graduais, comparable)

  1. gradual

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  • gradual” in Dicionário Priberam da Língua Portuguesa.

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EtymologyEdit

From Medieval Latin graduālis.

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gradual (plural graduales)

  1. gradual

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gradual m (plural graduales)

  1. (Roman Catholic Church) gradual

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