# regression

[ri-gresh-uh n]

### noun

the act of going back to a previous place or state; return or reversion.

retrogradation; retrogression.

Biology. reversion to an earlier or less advanced state or form or to a common or general type.

Psychoanalysis. the reversion to a chronologically earlier or less adapted pattern of behavior and feeling.

a subsidence of a disease or its manifestations: a regression of symptoms.

### adjective

of, relating to, or determined by regression analysis: regression curve; regression equation.

## Origin of regression

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### Contemporary Examples of regression

Worst of all, they elide the obvious point that all revolts fluctuate between periods of progress and regression.

They've got sophisticated reasons why your regression is all wrong.

It was a regression, the triumph of a latent aristocratic gene that resides in the heart of humanity when democracies get lazy.

### Historical Examples of regression

And there is no doubt that this regression has taken place in the course of history.

The Elementary Forms of the Religious LifeEmile Durkheim

The different "levels" of the stupor reaction also conform to a theory of regression.

Benign StuporsAugust Hoch

The interruptions are easily explained by the theory of regression.

Benign StuporsAugust Hoch

The next stage in regression is that where the idea of death appears.

Benign StuporsAugust Hoch

Regression is the second danger of this development by stages.

A General Introduction to PsychoanalysisSigmund Freud

## regression

### noun

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## regression

[rĭ-grĕsh′ən]

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