retrogressive

[ re-truh-gres-iv ]
/ ˌrɛ trəˈgrɛs ɪv /

adjective

characterized by retrogression; degenerating.

Origin of retrogressive

1795–1805; < Latin retrōgress(us) (see retrogress) + -ive
Related formsret·ro·gres·sive·ly, adverbun·ret·ro·gres·sive, adjectiveun·ret·ro·gres·sive·ly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for retrogressive

retrogressive


adj.

"tending to move backward," 1785, from Latin retrogress-, past participle stem of retrogradi "move backward, go backward" (see retrograde) + -ive. Related: Retrogressively.

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