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[in-kruh-men-tl, ing-] /ˌɪn krəˈmɛn tl, ˌɪŋ-/
increasing or adding on, especially in a regular series:
small, incremental tax hikes.
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incrementally, adverb Unabridged
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  • Improvements become smaller as the sport matures, and athletes must work harder for incremental gains.
  • That's without any subsidies and with only small, incremental improvements on current technology.
  • Xu envisions feather evolution as an incremental process.
  • It can be part of an overall incremental approach, where you try to deflect things as they arise.
  • That's the premise behind today's incremental approach to health-care reform.
  • But there are certain blue-gray, incremental areas of experience which can't be conveyed at lyrical pitch.
  • But the incremental progress is beginning to add up.
  • It was an incremental thing, a process of reconnecting with a body of work that developed gradually.
  • To avoid creating vast new opportunities for adversaries, the overhaul should be incremental and small-scale.
  • He disparages compromises and balancing tests and incremental solutions.
British Dictionary definitions for incremental


of, relating to, using, or rising by increments
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Word Origin and History for incremental

1715, from increment + -al (1). Related: Incrementally.

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