retrogressive
adjective Date: 1802 characterized by retrogression: as a. going or directed backward b. declining from a better to a worse state c. passing from a higher to a lower level of organization <
retrogressive evolution
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retrogressively adverb

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  • Retrogressive — Re tro*gres sive, a. [Cf. F. r[ e]trogressif.] 1. Tending to retrograde; going or moving backward; declining from a better to a worse state. [1913 Webster] 2. (Biol.) Passing from a higher to a lower condition; declining from a more perfect state …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • retrogressive — index back (in reverse), bad (offensive), decadent, regressive Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • retrogressive — 1817; see RETROGRESS (Cf. retrogress) + IVE (Cf. ive). Related: Retrogressively …   Etymology dictionary

  • retrogressive — regressive, retrograde, *backward Analogous words: reversing, inverting (see REVERSE vb): receding, retreating, retrograding (see RECEDE) Antonyms: progressive Contrasted words: advancing, furthering, forwarding (see ADVANCE vb): improving,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • retrogressive — ret·ro·gres·sive gres iv adj characterized by retrogression: as a) declining from a better to a worse state <a retrogressive disease> b) passing from a higher to a lower level of organization <retrogressive evolution> …   Medical dictionary

  • retrogressive — [[t]re̱trəgre̱sɪv[/t]] ADJ (disapproval) If you describe an action or idea as retrogressive, you disapprove of it because it returns to old ideas or beliefs and does not take advantage of recent progress. [FORMAL] The Prime Minister is still… …   English dictionary

  • retrogressive — adjective formal returning to an earlier and worse situation: a retrogressive idea | retrogressive change retrogressively adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • retrogressive — ret|ro|gres|sive [ˌretrəˈgresıv] adj formal returning to an earlier and worse situation = ↑regressive ▪ retrogressive legislation >retrogress v >retrogression [ ˈgreʃən][i] n [singular,U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • retrogressive — ret|ro|gres|sive [ ,retrou gresıv ] adjective returning to a condition or state that is worse than the present one, instead of improving or making progress: a negative and retrogressive step …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • retrogressive — UK [ˌretrəʊˈɡresɪv] / US [ˌretroʊˈɡresɪv] adjective returning to a condition or state that is worse than the present one, instead of improving or making progress a negative and retrogressive step …   English dictionary

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