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progressive

adjective pro·gres·sive \ prə-ˈgre-siv \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of progressive

1 a :of, relating to, or characterized by progress
b :making use of or interested in new ideas, findings, or opportunities
c :of, relating to, or constituting an educational theory marked by emphasis on the individual child, informality of classroom procedure, and encouragement of self-expression
2 :of, relating to, or characterized by progression
3 :moving forward or onward :advancing
4 a :increasing in extent or severity
  • a progressive disease
b :increasing in rate as the base increases
  • a progressive tax
5 often capitalized :of or relating to political Progressives
6 :of, relating to, or constituting a verb form that expresses action or state in progress at the time of speaking or a time spoken of
7 :of, relating to, or being a multifocal lens with a gradual transition between focal lengths
  • progressive bifocals
8 :or, relating to, or using a method of video scanning (as for television or a computer monitor) in which the horizontal lines of each frame are drawn successively from top to bottom — compare interlaced

progressively

adverb

progressiveness

noun

Examples of progressive in a Sentence

  1. the progressive movements of the hands of a clock

  2. progressive forms of animal life

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First Known Use of progressive

14th century


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progressive

noun

Definition of progressive

1 a :one that is progressive
b :one believing in moderate political change and especially social improvement by governmental action
2 capitalized :a member of any of various U.S. political parties: such as
a :a member of a predominantly agrarian minor party that around 1912 split off from the Republicans; specifically :bull moose
b :a follower of Robert M. La Follette in the presidential campaign of 1924
c :a follower of Henry A. Wallace in the presidential campaign of 1948

Examples of progressive in a Sentence

  1. Believe” is never used in the progressive.

Recent Examples of progressive from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'progressive.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of progressive

1844



PROGRESSIVE Defined for English Language Learners

progressive

adjective

Definition of progressive for English Language Learners

  • : moving forward

  • : happening or developing gradually over a period of time

  • : using or interested in new or modern ideas especially in politics and education


progressive

noun

Definition of progressive for English Language Learners

  • : a person who favors new or modern ideas especially in politics and education


PROGRESSIVE Defined for Kids

progressive

adjective pro·gres·sive \ prə-ˈgre-siv \

Definition of progressive for Students

1 :of, relating to, or showing advancement
  • a progressive city
2 :taking place gradually or step by step
  • a progressive disease
3 :favoring gradual political change and social improvement by action of the government

progressively

adverb

Medical Dictionary

progressive

adjective pro·gres·sive \ prə-ˈgres-iv \

medical Definition of progressive

1 :increasing in extent or severity
  • a progressive disease
2 :of, relating to, or being a multifocal lens with a gradual transition between focal lengths
  • progressive bifocals

progressively

adverb

Law Dictionary

progressive

adjective pro·gres·sive

legal Definition of progressive

:increasing in rate as the base increases
  • a progressive tax


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