- to go backward into an earlier and usually worse condition: to retrogress to infantilism.
- to move backward.
Origin of retrogress
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1. decline, degenerate, retrograde, withdraw, retreat, revert.
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Examples from the Web for retrogress
But, as a matter of fact, there are species which are arrested; there are some that retrogress.Creative Evolution
What had caused the man to retrogress Luis and Luise Obispo?Forget Me Nearly
Floyd L. Wallace
We don't stand still or retrogress; we keep going on and up.The Drums Of Jeopardy
Would I could retrogress over the devious and enchanting itinerary.Shandygaff
According to him the eyes of Proteus may develop to a certain point and then retrogress again.The Organism as a Whole
- to go back to an earlier, esp worse, condition; degenerate or deteriorate
- to move backwards; recede
- biology to develop characteristics or features of lower or simpler organisms; degenerate
C19: from Latin retrōgressus having moved backwards, from retrōgradī; see retrograde
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Word Origin and History for retrogress
"move backward; deteriorate," 1816, probably a back-formation from retrogression. Related: Retrogressed; retrogressing.
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