- the progressive aspect.
- a verb form or construction in the progressive, as are thinking in They are thinking about it.
Examples from the Web for progressive
Weiss is likely to get confirmed even as Warren and a handful of other progressive Democrats vote no.Sen. Warren’s Main Street Crusade to Pressure Clinton|Eleanor Clift|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But now his politics were offending the progressive sensibilities of the American film industry.How James Woods Became Obama’s Biggest Twitter Troll|Asawin Suebsaeng|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They are afflicted with “progressive spiritual emptiness,” he said, which no amount of academic honors and degrees can fill.Pope Francis Denounces the Vatican Elite’s 'Spiritual Alzheimer’s'|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Some imagine Senator Elizabeth Warren as the charismatic leader of a progressive version of the “tea party.”
Throughout the progressive movement, this sentiment is echoed almost everywhere.Why the Left Loves Warren, But Won’t Swoon for Sanders|David Freedlander|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This increase was excessive and altogether unnecessary to the maintenance of thorough and progressive government.
As compared with the advanced stands of the Scandinavian countries, the few laws of progressive states look painfully inadequate.Taboo and Genetics|Melvin Moses Knight, Iva Lowther Peters, and Phyllis Mary Blanchard
But during the progressive degradation of the reign of Charles II.A Short History of the Royal Navy 1217 to 1688|David Hannay
It would probably be gradual and progressive—at first simple, and later more complex and complete.Facts and fancies in modern science|John William Dawson
We find then two tendencies which always exist in any progressive society—radicalism and conservatism.The Radicalism of Shelley and Its Sources|Daniel J. MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for progressive (1 of 2)
- the progressive aspect of a verb
- a verb in this aspect
British Dictionary definitions for progressive (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for progressive
c.1600, "characterized by advancement" (in action, character, etc.), from progress (n.) + -ive, or else from French progressif, from past participle stem of Latin progredi. Of taxation, from 1889; of jazz, from 1947. Meaning "characterized by striving for change and innovation, avant-garde, liberal" is from 1908.
In the socio-political sense "favoring reform; radically liberal," it emerged in various British contexts from the 1880s; in the U.S. it was active as a movement in the 1890s and a generation thereafter, the name being taken again from time to time, most recently by some more liberal Democrats and other social activists, by c.2000. The noun in the sense "one who favors social and political change in the name of progress" is first attested 1865 (originally in Christianity). Earlier in a like sense were progressionist (1849, adjective; 1884, noun), progressist (1848). Related: Progressively; progressiveness.