- the progressive aspect.
- a verb form or construction in the progressive, as are thinking in They are thinking about it.
- progress chaser,
- progress payment,
- progressive assimilation,
- progressive bulbar paralysis,
- progressive cataract,
- progressive cerebral poliodystrophy,
- progressive conservative
Origin of progressive
Examples from the Web for progressively
Progressively, we saw the figures rise, the press picked it up and then it went absolutely off the charts.Sandi Thom On How To Make It As A Female Rock Star|Sandi Thom|April 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“The imagery has been progressively captured by satellites passing over various areas,” he said.
You can fixate your brain on "Potent Potables" for five progressively harder questions, then on "Kings of England" for five more.How I Taught Arthur Chu to Be the ‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Everyone Loves to Hate|Keith Williams|February 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Though essentially serious, the novels are also progressively funnier.A Country House of Fools: Norman Rush’s ‘Subtle Bodies’|Tom LeClair|September 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Sending anything more warlike than a progressively increasing amount of American military aid and advisers was not in the cards.
Up to a certain point, the thought is progressively complicated; after that, it is resolved.Materials and Methods of Fiction|Clayton Hamilton
The psychology of the imaginer reduces itself to a progressively increasing interchange of rôles.Essay on the Creative Imagination|Th. Ribot
Ether alters gradually with contact of air; absorbing oxygen, and progressively changing into acetic acid and water.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines|Andrew Ure
Progressively as superstition diminished, this last became the sole cause.Illustrations of Universal Progress|Herbert Spencer
Successive revisions of estimates have, with but few exceptions, progressively increased the total mineral supplies available.The Economic Aspect of Geology|C. K. Leith
- 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.