pro·​gres·​siv·​ism prə-ˈgre-si-ˌvi-zəm How to pronounce progressivism (audio)
: the principles, beliefs, or practices of progressives
capitalized : the political and economic doctrines advocated by the Progressives
: the theories of progressive education
progressivist noun or adjective
progressivistic adjective

Examples of progressivism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet even here the voters will put up with only so much social progressivism, as last weekend’s vote decisively rejecting two referenda demonstrated. Henry Olsen, National Review, 15 Mar. 2024 Bill Clinton was inaugurated in January 1993, ending 12 years of Republican dominance of the executive branch, while ushering a brand of centrism that married social progressivism with economic boosterism. Brent Lang, Variety, 6 Mar. 2024 For me, the most dangerous aspect of progressivism is not its ideology, but that in achieving its goals progressives believe the ends really do justify the means. Chris Roemer, Baltimore Sun, 21 Jan. 2024 Arthur Moeller van den Bruck, the author, did not have American progressivism in mind. Matthias Oppermann, National Review, 7 Jan. 2024 Over her decades in Congress, leftist progressivism has become more prominent in the Democratic Party, with new and younger lawmakers pushing party leadership in uncomfortable ways. Erin B. Logan, Los Angeles Times, 13 Dec. 2023 Critics of utopian progressivism long ago diagnosed what ails the American city. Daniel Foster, National Review, 30 Nov. 2023 The Biden Admin’s focus on progressivism over warfighting continues to exacerbate the military recruiting crisis and calls into question our level of military preparedness. Misty Severi, Washington Examiner, 21 Nov. 2023 In the West, some are rebelling by turning against progressivism. Itxu Díaz, National Review, 24 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Progressivism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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