Definition of Gradatory

1. Adjective. Taking place by degrees.

Exact synonyms: Gradational, Graduated
Similar to: Gradual
Derivative terms: Gradation, Gradation

Definition of Gradatory

1. a. Proceeding step by step, or by gradations; gradual.

2. n. A series of steps from a cloister into a church.

Definition of Gradatory

1. Noun. (architecture) A series of steps from a cloister into a church. ¹

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Medical Definition of Gradatory

1. 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. Suitable for walking; said of the limbs of an animal when adapted for walking on land. See: Grade. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Gradatory

gradable antonym
gradable opposition
gradatory (current term)
grade III astrocytoma
grade II astrocytoma
grade IV astrocytoma
grade I astrocytoma
grade crossing
grade crossings
grade inflation
grade insignia
grade on a curve

Literary usage of Gradatory

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1. Colonization, Particularly in Southern Australia: Particularly in Southern by Charles James Napier (1835)
"I repeat it; this " gradatory scale " is one composed of individuals ; not of nations. 3. " Disdaining all restraint, their happiness is still " centred in ..."

2. Darwinism To-day: A Discussion of Present-day Scientific Criticism of the by Vernon Lyman Kellogg (1907)
"... as is true of the gradatory Darwinian variations. "Sports" have been known to breeders of plants and animals ever since plant and animal breeding began. ..."

3. A Dictionary of the English Language by Samuel Johnson, John Walker, Robert S. Jameson (1828)
"GRADATION, (gra-da'-shun) ni Regular progress from one degree to another; regular advance step by step; order; sequence ; series. gradatory, (gra'-da-tur-e) ..."

4. Annals of Medical History by Francis Randolph Packard (1921)
"... buy Materials for to prepare gradatory Waters, and the last was (now his man was got so far in) to exact Thirty or Forty pounds of him in Silver Moneys ..."

5. The Reptiles of the Pacific Coast and Great Basin: An Account of the Species by John Van Denburgh (1897)
"Under this name we together a large number of very similar forms; dissimilar, forms connected by gradatory \. These forms are taken from passerine h elong ..."

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