degressive

adjective

de·​gres·​sive di-ˈgre-siv How to pronounce degressive (audio) ˈdē-gre- How to pronounce degressive (audio)
: tending to descend or decrease
degressively adverb

Examples of degressive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Three frames from a video (below) showing a 70 kg climber ascending a 3.7 m vertical glass surface using a synthetic adhesion system with degressive load-sharing and gecko-inspired adhesives. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 3 Dec. 2014

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Word History

Etymology

de- + -gressive (as in progressive)

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of degressive was in 1886

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“Degressive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/degressive. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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