Grad"a*to*ry (?), a. [See Grade.]


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.


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Grad"a*to*ry, n. [Cf. LL. gradatarium.] Arch.

A series of steps from a cloister into a church.


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