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[ri-gres-iv] /rɪˈgrɛs ɪv/
regressing or tending to regress; retrogressive.
Biology. of, relating to, or effecting regression.
(of tax) decreasing proportionately with an increase in the tax base.
Logic. obtained from or characterized by backward reasoning.
Origin of regressive
First recorded in 1625-35; regress + -ive
Related forms
regressively, adverb
regressiveness, regressivity
[ree-gre-siv-i-tee] /ˌri grɛˈsɪv ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
nonregressive, adjective
nonregressively, adverb
unregressive, adjective
unregressively, adverb
unregressiveness, noun Unabridged
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  • The double work-support is, of course, a great improvement, while the tool-support is regressive since it lacks a feed screw.

  • In so far as sleep is psychologically determined, it is a regressive phenomenon.

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
  • Activity is, therefore, not contradictory to the organism, but favors in it the natural progressive and regressive metamorphosis.

    Pedagogics as a System Karl Rosenkranz
  • Whether in regressive or progressive series, each to-day presents a case of arrested development.

    The North American Slime-Moulds Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
  • The frequency with which the delusion of mutual death occurs in stupor is another evidence of its regressive psychology.

    Benign Stupors August Hoch
British Dictionary definitions for regressive


regressing or tending to regress
(of a tax or tax system) levied or graduated so that the rate decreases as the amount taxed increases See progressive (sense 5)
of, relating to, or characteristic of regression
Derived Forms
regressively, adverb
regressiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for regressive

1630s; see regress + -ive. In reference to taxation, it is attested from 1889. Related: Regressively.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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regressive in Medicine

regressive re·gres·sive (rĭ-grěs'ĭv)

  1. Having a tendency to return or to revert.

  2. Characterized by regression.

re·gres'sive·ness n.
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