1. adj. only -- happening or developing gradually or in stages; proceeding step by step 2. n. and adj. -- favoring or implementing social reform or new, liberal ideas; favoring or promoting change or innovation
assimilation - n.
1. take in information, ideas, or culture and understand fully, make them one's own 2. absorb and integrate people, ideas, or culture into a wider society or culture
1. policy of protecting the interests of native-born or established inhabitants against those of immigrants 2. a return to or emphasis on traditional or local customs, in opposition to outside influences