Definition of incrementalism in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪŋkrɪˈmɛnt(ə)lɪz(ə)m/


[mass noun]
Belief in or advocacy of change by degrees; gradualism.
Example sentences
  • The signature aspect of the current president is his belief that incrementalism is bunk.
  • There is no acceptance of the need for incrementalism that all of politics is based upon.
  • So to the citizens of Vancouver; good luck in your endeavour and kudos for daring to think big in an age of incrementalism.



noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • Adaptives are process-oriented and promote incrementalist approaches; Idealists are principle-oriented and demand breakthroughs.
  • We are incrementalists, but in this case the incrementalism is moving in the wrong direction.
  • I'm definitely an incrementalist, and if that entails being hypocritical and shifting principles to a certain extent, so be it.

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