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[re-truh-gres-iv] /ˌrɛ trəˈgrɛs ɪv/
characterized by retrogression; degenerating.
Origin of retrogressive
1795-1805; < Latin retrōgress(us) (see retrogress) + -ive
Related forms
retrogressively, adverb
unretrogressive, adjective
unretrogressively, adverb
progressive. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for retrogressive
Historical Examples
  • The reformer who was so recently "retrogressive" had now become a rival in reform.

    Socialism As It Is William English Walling
  • But man in himself, essentially, is at once progressive and retrogressive.

    Modern Skepticism C. J. Ellicott
  • Scott, it must be remembered, was a retrogressive influence.

    James Frederick Ferrier Elizabeth Sanderson Haldane
  • He is in fact a representative of retrogressive development.

  • This is one of the retrogressive measures which are daily occurrences in Russia.

    Woman and Socialism August Bebel
  • Henceforth their history was to show a retrogressive movement.

    Antony Waymouth W.H.G. Kingston
  • Further than this retrogressive and imitative movement he never seemed to go.

    Twelve Types G.K. Chesterton
  • But he draws no conclusion except that spiritualism is retrogressive.

  • In Music a retrogressive step in which there is much hope, has been taken.

    Charles Dickens and Music James T. Lightwood
  • The development of the adult from the larva is, as has already been stated, in the main a retrogressive metamorphosis.

Word Origin and History for retrogressive

"tending to move backward," 1785, from Latin retrogress-, past participle stem of retrogradi "move backward, go backward" (see retrograde) + -ive. Related: Retrogressively.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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