adjective Date: 1634 1. tending to regress or produce regression 2. being, characterized by, or developing in the course of an evolutionary process involving increasing simplification of bodily structure 3. decreasing in rate as the base increases <
a regressive tax
regressively adverbregressiveness nounregressivity noun

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