[in-kruh-men-tl, ing-]


increasing or adding on, especially in a regular series: small, incremental tax hikes.

Origin of incremental

Related formsin·cre·men·tal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for incremental

additional, additive, cumulative

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Historical Examples of incremental

  • The growth of cities has, through real estate speculation and incremental income, made many of our millionaires.

    Distributive Justice

    John A. (John Augustine) Ryan

  • In comparison to centuries of slow, incremental development, relatively abrupt change testifies to a new human condition.

  • A car was still, in some ways, the result of incremental progression from the horse-drawn carriage.

  • Allocation of resources within a system and strategies of co-evolution are seen as resources of incremental performance.

  • Cognition supported the incremental evolution of machines through a vast array of applications.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper