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

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Recent Examples on the Web Roosevelt’s progressivism was, in short, one of big businesses and a government big enough to keep them in line. Kyle Sammin, National Review, "Amid a Revival of Anti-Monopoly Sentiment, a New Book Traces Its History," 15 Oct. 2019 James Gregory, a University of Washington history professor who specializes in labor issues, said the most lingering effects of the WTO protests might be the connection of the labor and environmental movements and a reawakening of progressivism. Washington Post, "Impact of WTO protests in Seattle still felt 2 decades later," 29 Nov. 2019 After the death of Pope John Paul II, a papal conclave in Rome convenes to choose a new leader of a church caught between tradition and progressivism. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: 'The Two Popes' engages with a tale of pontiffs and pizza, not preachiness," 26 Nov. 2019 The contradictions of progressivism generate crises of affordability and governance. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "From Woke to Broke," 26 Oct. 2019 As Stoller tells us, both parties in 1912 claimed the mantle of progressivism, as did, obviously, Theodore Roosevelt’s Progressive party. Kyle Sammin, National Review, "Amid a Revival of Anti-Monopoly Sentiment, a New Book Traces Its History," 15 Oct. 2019 The revelation seemed to clash with the group’s ethos of social progressivism, and, shortly after the allegations surfaced, Brockhampton announced that Vann would leave the band. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, "Brockhampton Grows Up," 2 Sep. 2019 The city with a long history of progressivism is moving forward with a plan to remove all gendered language from its city code. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Weighing the pros and cons of political correctness," 10 Aug. 2019 She was fascinated by the nation’s shifting character during the ’60s — marked by its peculiar mix of optimistic progressivism, spiritual fervor, and potentially self-destructive self-reliance. Mary Spencer, National Review, "What Joan Didion Saw," 29 June 2019

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First Known Use of progressivism

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Progressivism.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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