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What is the opposite of sudden?

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Opposite of occurring or done quickly and unexpectedly or without warning
“Any changes of destination are notified ahead by telephone or radio so that arrival is anticipated.”
Opposite of acting or done quickly and without thought or care
Opposite of done quickly or rashly without thought
Opposite of happening within an imperceptibly brief period of time
“According to the model, the Big Bang is followed by a period of slow expansion and gradual accumulation of dark energy.”
Opposite of happening or done before the usual or expected time
“She was a late bloomer as she experienced a major growth spurt in the latter years of her university life.”
Opposite of sudden and unexpected in nature
Opposite of done or performed without prior preparation or thought
Opposite of done quickly without deliberation
“Ari made a deliberate decision to get Vincent the leading role in Aquaman.”
Opposite of very unpredictable and unexpected
“Your calls are so predictable that you'll never be a competent poker player.”
Opposite of done or arranged in haste, usually in response to a critical situation
“Surprisingly, Mr. Marchant said it was not uncommon for jewelers to transport precious stones in this seemingly casual way.”
Opposite of lasting for a very short time
“She left such a lasting impression at her workplace that her colleagues were reduced to tears when they discovered she was leaving.”
Opposite of done in a rash or careless manner
“He's not the type of player to nurse an injury, so the team should be careful with how it uses him.”
(law) Opposite of performed speedily and without formal ceremony
“Dismantling such structures has proved difficult, and the process of economic reform has often been tentative, dilatory, and slow.”
Opposite of severe or intense, especially in a painful or unpleasant way
“Whenever he tried too hard to recall the sequences, he experienced a dull headache which, though not incapacitating, was unpleasant.”
Opposite of sudden, or figuratively explosive, in nature
“The team got off to a sluggish start, taking a full five minutes before scoring their first points.”
Opposite of quickly and unexpectedly, typically without warning
“If left untreated, the pain will subside gradually within a day or two and the swelling will disappear within a week.”
Opposite of by accident, without knowing
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