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- graduall (obsolete)
From Medieval Latin gradualis, from Latin gradus (“step”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰradʰ-, *gʰredʰ- (“to walk, go”). Cognate with Gothic 𐌲𐍂𐌹𐌸𐍃 (griþs, “step, grade”), Bavarian Gritt (“step, stride”).
- Proceeding or advancing by small, slow, regular steps or degrees
- a gradual increase of knowledge; a gradual decline
- 1667, John Milton, “Book IX”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
- Creatures animate with gradual life / Of growth, sense, reason, all summed up in man.
gradual (plural graduals)
- (Roman Catholic Church) An antiphon or responsory after the epistle, in the Mass, which was sung on the steps, or while the deacon ascended the steps.
- (Roman Catholic Church) A service book containing the musical portions of the Mass.
gradual (masculine and feminine plural graduals)
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|superlative||o mais gradual
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gradual (plural graduales)
gradual m (plural graduales)
- (Roman Catholic Church) gradual