- 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
Related Words for progressivelymore, progressively, successively, regularly, increasingly, constantly, moderately, gently, deliberately, steadily, continuously, sequentially, serially, imperceptibly, piecemeal, perceptibly, unhurriedly
Examples from the Web for progressively
Contemporary Examples of 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
April 9, 2014
“The imagery has been progressively captured by satellites passing over various areas,” he said.Was MH370 Carrying Killer Cargo?
March 21, 2014
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
February 21, 2014
Though essentially serious, the novels are also progressively funnier.A Country House of Fools: Norman Rush’s ‘Subtle Bodies’
September 10, 2013
Sending anything more warlike than a progressively increasing amount of American military aid and advisers was not in the cards.When America Said No to War
September 10, 2013
Historical Examples of progressively
If we cannot solve it progressively, our civilization will go back to chaos.Herbert Hoover
Thus it seems that there may be saints that are not progressively virtuous.Notes on Life and Letters
Still, language does not emerge, as the senses do, but is progressively acquired.The Civilization of Illiteracy
It is progressively conservative—or conservatively progressive.Chapters in Rural Progress
Kenyon L. Butterfield
You aim at the stars, and if you do not hit them you may progressively approach them.Expositions of Holy Scripture
- 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.