progressive

[ pruh-gres-iv ]
/ prəˈgrɛs ɪv /

adjective

noun


Nearby words

  1. progress chaser,
  2. progress payment,
  3. progression,
  4. progressionist,
  5. progressist,
  6. progressive assimilation,
  7. progressive bulbar paralysis,
  8. progressive cataract,
  9. progressive cerebral poliodystrophy,
  10. progressive conservative

Origin of progressive

First recorded in 1600–10; progress + -ive

Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for unprogressive

Progressive

/ (prəˈɡrɛsɪv) /

noun

US history a member or supporter of a Progressive Party
Canadian history a member or supporter of a chiefly agrarian reform movement advocating the nationalization of railways, low tariffs, an end to party politics, and similar measures: important in the early 1920s

adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of a Progressive Party, Progressive movement, or Progressives

progressive

/ (prəˈɡrɛsɪv) /

adjective

noun

a person who advocates progress, as in education, politics, etc
  1. the progressive aspect of a verb
  2. a verb in this aspect
Derived Formsprogressively, adverbprogressiveness, nounprogressivism, nounprogressivist, noun

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Word Origin and History for unprogressive

progressive

adj.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for unprogressive

progressive

[ prə-grĕsĭv ]

adj.

Moving forward; advancing.
Proceeding in steps; continuing steadily by increments, as of a course of treatment.
Tending to become more severe or wider in scope, as of a disease or paralysis.

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