pro·​gres·​siv·​ism | \ prə-ˈgre-si-ˌvi-zəm How to pronounce progressivism (audio) \

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 How to pronounce progressivism (audio) \ noun or adjective
progressivistic \ prə-​ˌgre-​si-​ˈvi-​stik How to pronounce progressivism (audio) \ adjective

Examples of progressivism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With an openly racist demagogue in the White House, the Proud Boys sought to capitalize on the conservative backlash against the progressivism brought about by the Obama administration. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 15 June 2021 His strategy: Be everywhere and display unapologetic progressivism. Jennifer Haberkorn, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2021 This provides a nice little example of how incapable progressivism is of leaving room for genuine diversity of practice. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 10 Apr. 2021 In her three years in the national spotlight, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become the undisputed face of unabashed progressivism. New York Times, 14 May 2021 The uncertainty characterizes much of progressivism right now, at the outset of the Biden Administration. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, 11 Mar. 2021 To combat the progressivism in public schools, conservatives need to aim their focus at the university, not public schools or their teachers. Daniel Buck, National Review, 21 Apr. 2021 The mention of environmentalism brings to mind the cultish side of modern progressivism. Barton Swaim, WSJ, 30 Apr. 2021 Second, because the Mann suit partakes of the deeply intolerant impulse in contemporary progressivism, which believes silencing its opponents is better than debating or competing with them in the intellectual and political arena. Rich Lowry, National Review, 8 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of progressivism

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Progressivism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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