Gradatory

Definition of Gradatory

Grad´a`to`ry
a.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.(Zool.) Suitable for walking; - said of the limbs of an animal when adapted for walking on land.
n.1.(Arch.) A series of steps from a cloister into a church.

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gradational, gradual, graduated
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