[pruh-gres-uh-viz-uh m]


the principles and practices of progressives.
(initial capital letter) the doctrines and beliefs of the Progressive party.

Nearby words

  1. progressive systemic sclerosis,
  2. progressive tax,
  3. progressive vaccinia,
  4. progressive-resistance exercise,
  5. progressively,
  6. progressivity,
  7. prohibit,
  8. prohibition,
  9. prohibition party,
  10. prohibitionist

Origin of progressivism

First recorded in 1890–95; progressive + -ism

Related formspro·gres·siv·ist, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for progressivists



1855 (from 1892 in the political sense), from progressive + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper