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

Example Sentences

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


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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Cite this Entry

“Degressive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

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