pro·​gres·​siv·​ism | \prə-ˈgre-si-ˌvi-zəm \

Definition of progressivism 

1 : the principles, beliefs, or practices of progressives

2 capitalized : the political and economic doctrines advocated by the Progressives

3 : the theories of progressive education

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Other Words from progressivism

progressivist \ prə-​ˈgre-​si-​vist \ noun or adjective
progressivistic \ prə-​ˌgre-​si-​ˈvi-​stik \ adjective

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Kaufman invites us to contrast a century of progressivism with what happened after 1976, when the United States Supreme Court outlawed limits on campaign spending. Jennifer Szalai, New York Times, "How Conservatives Bet Big on Wisconsin and Won," 11 July 2018 And postmodern progressivism, the belief that there are no longer any absolute facts or values, is the way many of us roll these days. WSJ, "Feelings Are Fine, But a Consensus Is Divine," 8 May 2018 The British left has gone further in importing American progressivism than the right has in importing Trumpism. The Economist, "The special relationship once enriched Britain’s politics. No longer," 5 July 2018 Reporting, as it is typically practiced today, is rooted in the progressivism of the late 19th and early 20th century. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "The Fourth Estate in the Age of Bad Faith," 15 June 2018 Bill Clinton’s New Democrats provided Tony Blair’s New Labour with the intellectual heft to make progressivism exciting again, after the dismal years of fights over nationalising the means of production and scrapping nuclear weapons. The Economist, "The special relationship once enriched Britain’s politics. No longer," 5 July 2018 Strother admits that unabashed progressivism seems to be catching on in the race for US Senate, where Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke is running a competitive race with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "This Democratic primary race is a test of whether unapologetic progressivism can win in Texas," 21 May 2018 There is no question that Democratic leaders have been tugged toward a brand of more unadulterated progressivism. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "As Trump Consolidates Power, Democrats Confront a Rebellion in Their Ranks," 30 June 2018 Since Trump’s election, ESPN has become the occasional target of conservatives, who accuse it of being in the bag for cultural progressivism, a kind of sporty sibling to MSNBC. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "Stephen A. Smith Won’t Stop Talking," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of progressivism

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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