GradatoryGrad"a*to*ry\, a. [See Grade.]1. Proceeding step by step, or by gradations; gradual. Could we have seen [Macbeth's] crimes darkening on their progress . . . could this gradatory apostasy have been shown us. --A. Seward. 2. (Zo["o]l.) Suitable for walking; -- said of the limbs of an animal when adapted for walking on land.
GradatoryGrad"a*to*ry\, n. [Cf. LL. gradatarium.] (Arch.) A series of steps from a cloister into a church.
|taking place by degrees [syn: gradational]|