infinite regress

noun Philosophy.

causal or logical relationship of terms in a series without the possibility of a term initiating the series.

Nearby words

  1. infinite baffle,
  2. infinite decimal,
  3. infinite distance,
  4. infinite integral,
  5. infinite product,
  6. infinite series,
  7. infinitely,
  8. infinitesimal,
  9. infinitesimal calculus,
  10. infinitival

Origin of infinite regress

First recorded in 1830–40 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019