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

Synonyms & Antonyms for progressive

Synonyms: Adjective

advanced, developed, evolved, forward, high, higher, improved, late, refined

Antonyms: Adjective

backward, low, lower, nonprogressive, primitive, retarded, rude, rudimentary, undeveloped

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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

That progressive wave is expected to spill into the 2020 presidential election. John Blake, CNN, "Trump is doing what Obama couldn't," 23 Aug. 2019 In Hong Kong, Pepe the Frog is now a symbol of progressive resistance against an authoritarian state. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "Pepe the Frog Means Something Different in Hong Kong—Right?," 23 Aug. 2019 But there are people that are progressive and creative and interesting and diverse. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "Marc Maron and Lynn Shelton on a 'cultural re-education’ on the South, filming ‘Sword of Trust’ in Alabama," 21 Aug. 2019 For about 20 years the council has encouraged collegial debate, cooperation, and a progressive perspective on climate change. Neil Shea, National Geographic, "A thawing Arctic is heating up a new Cold War," 21 Aug. 2019 Now, those new Social Security payroll taxes might be more progressive than the current Social Security payroll taxes. Andrew G. Biggs, National Review, "How the Democrats’ Social Security Plan Could Finance a Tax Cut," 15 Aug. 2019 Even those who are running to the center of the party are substantially more progressive than Clinton’s campaign was in 2016. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Bernie Sanders versus the “corporate media,” explained," 14 Aug. 2019 The group was wildly progressive, embracing gay culture with fantasy characters, costumes, and a free-spirited approach to music. Kirsten Spruch, Billboard, "Village People Co-Creator/Producer Henri Belolo Dies at 82," 7 Aug. 2019 The layout was socially progressive (there was no provision for servants) and aesthetically controversial (the big windows were placed as the interiors demanded, making the exterior asymmetrical). The Economist, "Kinks in the clean lines of the Bauhaus," 1 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But will the love of Daily Kos progressives be enough? oregonlive, "Progressives increasingly moving to Elizabeth Warren at Bernie Sanders’ expense, but Joe Biden stays in lead: polls," 5 Sep. 2019 Though a gifted communicator, Kennedy has been eclipsed in the House by a newer group of progressives viewed as the party’s future. Adrian Walker, BostonGlobe.com, "Can a member of America’s oldest political dynasty sell himself as a voice for change?," 27 Aug. 2019 That said, Pelosi noted that party events in California can sometimes draw boisterous crowds of progressives, like the one at the state party convention that jeered as some party moderates warned against veering too far left. San Diego Union-Tribune, "As rivals head to California, Biden chooses New Hampshire," 19 Aug. 2019 If progressives want to raise taxes on those same taxpayers to keep the system solvent thereafter, that’s fine. Andrew G. Biggs, National Review, "How the Democrats’ Social Security Plan Could Finance a Tax Cut," 15 Aug. 2019 And certainly there is a big gap between what the more mainstream candidates envision for the country and what the progressives want. Mary Mcnamara, chicagotribune.com, "Commentary: The first Democratic debate won’t break ratings records. And that’s OK," 26 June 2019 This is the new normal that progressives want for us. Jane Coaston, Vox, "David French vs. Sohrab Ahmari and the battle dividing conservatives, explained," 5 June 2019 Instead, progressives want Democrats to stake out stronger left-leaning positions of the kind championed by Sens. Aaron Kessler, CNN, "Money flowing into a Democratic primary is split around abortion rights," 20 Mar. 2018 Candidates in the race’s lower tier, made up primarily of progressives, are sure to criticize Hickenlooper’s moderate stances. Justin Wingerter, The Denver Post, "John Hickenlooper is running for U.S. Senate: “I’m not done fighting for the people of Colorado”," 21 Aug. 2019

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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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progressive

adjective

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

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Legal Definition of progressive

: increasing in rate as the base increases a progressive tax

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