- the progressive aspect.
- a verb form or construction in the progressive, as are thinking in They are thinking about it.
- progress chaser,
- progress payment,
- progressive assimilation,
- progressive bulbar paralysis,
- progressive cataract,
- progressive cerebral poliodystrophy,
- progressive conservative
Origin of progressive
Examples from the Web for unprogressive
Unfortunately, unprogressive builders are still adhering to this inartistic plan.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building|George Laing Miller
If you do go to Empoli keep away from this ignorant, unprogressive individual.Italian Highways and Byways from a Motor Car|Francis Miltoun
You may wait patiently for the progress of the age—and you will find your Art is unprogressive.On the Old Road Vol. 1 (of 2)|John Ruskin
When fifteen years had gone by there were naturally some changes in Heatherton, sleepy and; unprogressive as it was.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1896 to 1901|Lucy Maud Montgomery
Instinct is a faculty which belongs to unprogressive species.Cambridge Essays on Education|Various
- 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.