- 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 progressiveness
Years later, he got a high-profile job at Mozilla, a tech company in a professional community noted for its progressiveness.In Gay Rights Fights, Bullies Love to Play the Victim|Tim Teeman|April 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In this mood, Democrats may care a lot more about toughness and combativeness than about minute gradations of progressiveness.How Obama is Setting the Stage for Hillary in 2016|David Frum|September 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It tries for progressiveness and ends up being ... achingly middle of the road.Fall-Winter TV Preview: Snap Judgments of 2013–14’s New Shows|Jace Lacob, Kevin Fallon|July 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It has character, whatever it may lack in progressiveness, and the brilliant colouring is a part of all the cities of the South.Castles and Chateaux of Old Navarre and the Basque Provinces|Francis Miltoun
Mr Barrett—I think there have been some references to progressiveness and insurgency.
The house enjoys a most enviable reputation for progressiveness and reliability, for promptness and efficiency.Lyman's History of old Walla Walla County, Vol. 1 (of 2)|William Denison Lyman
We noticed a characteristic lack of progressiveness in so many respects.Europe from a Motor Car|Russell Richardson
I believe in conservatism, but at the same time I am opposed to conservatism which excludes all progressiveness.Great Pianists on Piano Playing|James Francis Cooke
British Dictionary definitions for progressiveness (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for progressiveness (2 of 2)
- the progressive aspect of a verb
- a verb in this aspect
Word Origin and History for progressiveness
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.