progressive

adjective
pro·​gres·​sive | \ prə-ˈgre-siv How to pronounce progressive (audio) \

Definition of progressive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
4a : 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

progressive

noun

Definition of progressive (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : 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

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Other Words from progressive

Adjective

progressively adverb
progressiveness noun

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Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of progressive in a Sentence

Adjective the progressive movements of the hands of a clock progressive forms of animal life Noun Believe” is never used in the progressive.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In Minneapolis, a city heralded for its progressive politics, pretty parks and robust employment, the racial divide runs deep. Shaila Dewan, New York Times, "Thousands of Complaints Do Little to Change Police Ways," 31 May 2020 And yet, those efforts had visibly little impact for much of the night, and questions swirled among citizens and politicians about how such a dire situation could have developed in a long peaceable, progressive city. Ryan Faircloth, Anchorage Daily News, "“You need to go home,′ Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz says as new fires, looting hit Minneapolis," 30 May 2020 Espinoza, the progressive Democrat, said Trump’s growing unpopularity the mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic has shortened his coattails, leaving Cornyn to look for other ways to fire up his base. Gromer Jeffers Jr., Dallas News, "Are Sen. John Cornyn’s attacks against Royce West designed to sink Dallas Democrat or boost MJ Hegar?," 28 May 2020 And at least 11 ran with it, progressive news outlet Courier found. Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Trump escalates his war with Twitter ... on Twitter," 27 May 2020 America’s progressive tax system means that residents in wealthy states (often heavily urban and Democratic-controlled) pay higher federal taxes than those in other states. Jacob Turcotte, The Christian Science Monitor, "Coronavirus relief or ‘bailout’? The debate over aid to states.," 27 May 2020 Abigail Disney, the heiress and philanthropist who has spoken out about executive pay at her family’s company and other progressive issues, is launching a new podcast. Fortune, "How CEO Corie Barry kept Best Buy afloat during the pandemic," 22 May 2020 But the proposal — drafted with housing advocates and progressive activists including Texas Housers and the Texas Organizing Project — went down amid concerns that the ordinance would draw a lawsuit and put too much strain on landlords. Joshua Fechter, ExpressNews.com, "Proposal to give more protections to San Antonio renters during coronavirus pandemic shot down amid landlord opposition," 14 May 2020 As primaries have been delayed and canceled, progressive Democrats have dropped out of the race and fallen into line behind the guy who’s not Trump. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The case for a new Democratic presidential nominee," 1 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The former Vice-President’s consolidation of progressives in Washington has been more successful. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, "Joe Biden’s Pitch to the Left," 15 May 2020 The notion has been circulating for months among progressives in Congress. Amanda Albright, Bloomberg.com, "Democrats Push for Fed to Decide Who Gets Municipal Rescue," 10 May 2020 The fear among progressives is that the proposal would ease regulations for air pollution, for instance, which would benefit the energy industry. Kelsey Brugger, Science | AAAS, "Trump administration expands reach of EPA secret science proposal," 4 Mar. 2020 Now, Super Tuesday seems to be a race between former Vice President Joe Biden, who took over the moderate lane with a decisive win in South Carolina, and Sanders, who has the backing of many progressives. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "'Today is a moment of truth:' Buttigieg abruptly ends presidential bid," 1 Mar. 2020 Organizer Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez has created buzz among progressives, while also receiving outside spending support. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "MJ Hegar has lapped Texas’ Democratic Senate field in fundraising. How much will it matter?," 26 Feb. 2020 Feingold said the group's mission includes raising public awareness, advocacy and nurturing a pipeline of progressives to pursue public service in the field of law. Craig Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Former Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold to take new job as president of American Constitution Society," 26 Feb. 2020 With Bernie Sanders and Warren standing front and center, the debate quickly became one between the progressives and the moderates. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: At Second Democratic Debate, It's Sanders and Warren Against the World," 31 July 2019 For progressives who perceive injustices, their perception of the challenge in this season is for there not to be LGBTQ inclusion. al, "United Methodist split delayed, thanks to coronavirus," 15 May 2020

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First Known Use of progressive

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Noun

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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Cite this Entry

“Progressive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/progressive. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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progressive

adjective
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English Language Learners Definition of progressive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of progressive (Entry 2 of 2)

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

progressive

adjective
pro·​gres·​sive | \ prə-ˈgre-siv How to pronounce progressive (audio) \

Kids Definition of progressive

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

Other Words from progressive

progressively adverb

progressive

adjective
pro·​gres·​sive | \ prə-ˈgres-iv How to pronounce progressive (audio) \

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

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progressive

adjective
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Legal Definition of progressive

: increasing in rate as the base increases a progressive tax

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