- the progressive aspect.
- a verb form or construction in the progressive, as are thinking in They are thinking about it.
Origin of progressive
Synonyms for progressive
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Contemporary Examples of 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
January 8, 2015
But now his politics were offending the progressive sensibilities of the American film industry.How James Woods Became Obama’s Biggest Twitter Troll
December 31, 2014
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
Some imagine Senator Elizabeth Warren as the charismatic leader of a progressive version of the “tea party.”Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats
December 21, 2014
Throughout the progressive movement, this sentiment is echoed almost everywhere.Why the Left Loves Warren, But Won’t Swoon for Sanders
December 19, 2014
Historical Examples of progressive
His life has been that of his century—progressive, liberal, humanitarian in its trend.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
The action of existing causes and principles is steady and progressive.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Every advance in civilisation is synonymous with a progressive diminution of the differences.Freeland
This failing should be corrected by progressive but prudent training.The Sexual Question
But the most progressive city in this respect was Philadelphia.The Meaning of Evolution
Samuel Christian Schmucker
- the progressive aspect of a verb
- a verb in this aspect
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.