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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gradatory  \Grad"a*to*ry\,  n.  [Cf.  LL  gradatarium.]  (Arch.) 
  A  series  of  steps  from  a  cloister  into  a  church. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gradatory  \Grad"a*to*ry\,  a.  [See  {Grade}.] 
  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.  (Zo["o]l.)  Suitable  for  walking;  --  said  of  the  limbs  of 
  an  animal  when  adapted  for  walking  on  land. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  gradatory 
  adj  :  slowly  and  smoothly  [syn:  {gradational},  {graduated}] 




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