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.”
Adjective
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.”
Adjective
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.”
Adjective
Opposite of sudden and unexpected
Adjective
Opposite of very unpredictable and unexpected
“Your calls are so predictable that you'll never be a competent poker player.”
Adjective
Opposite of done or taken on the spur of the moment, unexpectedly, or without notice
Adjective
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.”
Adjective
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.”
Adjective
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.”
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Opposite of having or showing a lack of courtesy
Adjective
(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.”
Adjective
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.”
Adjective
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.”
Adverb
Opposite of by accident, without knowing
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