Regressive
Regressive Re*gress"ive (r?*gr?s"?v), a. [Cf. F. r['e]gressif.] [1913 Webster] 1. Passing back; returning. [1913 Webster]

2. Characterized by retrogression; retrogressive. [1913 Webster]

{Regressive metamorphism}. (a) (Biol.) See {Retrogression}. (b) (Physiol.) See {Katabolism}. [1913 Webster]


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  • regressive — I adjective atavistic, backsliding, backward, decadent, degenerate, ill advised, lapsing, on the decline, receding, recessive, recidivistic, recidivous, refluent, relapsing, retrocedent, retrograde, retrogressive, reverse, reversed, reversional,… …   Law dictionary

  • regressive — 1630s; see REGRESS (Cf. regress) + IVE (Cf. ive). In reference to taxation, it is attested from 1889. Related: Regressively …   Etymology dictionary

  • regressive — retrogressive, retrograde, *backward Antonyms: progressive …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • regressive — ► ADJECTIVE 1) tending to regress or characterized by regression. 2) (of a tax) taking a proportionally greater amount from those on lower incomes. DERIVATIVES regressively adverb regressiveness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • regressive — [ri gres′iv] adj. 1. regressing or tending to regress 2. of, like, or characteristic of regression 3. designating a tax that becomes proportionately lower as the tax base increases regressively adv …   English World dictionary

  • régressive — ● régressif, régressive adjectif Qui marque une régression : Évolution régressive. Se dit de quelqu un en état de régression. ● régressif, régressive (expressions) adjectif Érosion régressive, entaille d un lit fluviatile progressant vers l amont …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • regressive — Relating to or characterized by regression. * * * re·gres·sive ri gres iv adj relating to, resulting from, producing, or characterized by regression <regressive behavior> <regressive tissue changes> * * * re·gres·sive (re gresґiv)… …   Medical dictionary

  • regressive — re|gres|sive [ rı gresıv ] adjective 1. ) relating to behavior that is not responsible or controlled, or is like that of a child: the regressive and unruly aspects of human nature 2. ) supporting methods and ideas that existed in the past: a… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • regressive — [[t]rɪgre̱sɪv[/t]] ADJ GRADED Regressive behaviour, activities, or processes involve a return to an earlier and less advanced stage of development. [FORMAL] This regressive behaviour is more common in boys …   English dictionary

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