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As you might guess, regress is the opposite of progress. So if a disease regresses, that's generally a good thing, but in most other ways we prefer not to regress. If someone's mental state has been improving, we hope he or she won't start to regress; and when a nation's promising educational system begins to regress, that's a bad sign for the country's future. Economists often distinguish between a progressive tax and a regressive tax; in a progressive tax, the percentage that goes to taxes gets larger as the amount of money being taxed gets larger, while in a regressive tax the percentage gets smaller. (Rich people prefer regressive taxes.)
Origin and Etymology of regress
Middle English regresse, from Anglo-French, from Latin regressus, from regredi to go back, from re- + gradi to go — more at grade
First Known Use: 14th century
Simple Definition of regress
: to return to an earlier and usually worse or less developed condition or state
Examples of regress in a sentence
The patient is regressing to a childlike state.
<in extreme circumstances, people sometimes regress to the behavior they exhibited in childhood>
First Known Use of regress
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