A gradual change or process occurs in small stages over a long period of time, rather than suddenly. adj
Losing weight is a slow, gradual process..., You can expect her progress at school to be gradual rather than brilliant.
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continuous, even, gentle, graduated, moderate, piecemeal, progressive, regular, slow, steady, successive, unhurried
abrupt, broken, instantaneous, overnight, sudden
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