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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President Trump has sought to characterize mob tactics as a hallmark of modern progressivism, in the wake of comments by Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif. Fox News, "Eric Holder rejects Michelle Obama's call for civility: 'When they go low, we kick 'em'," 10 Oct. 2018 Willkie’s heretofore sheepish fellow utility heads began to criticize the New Deal as well, including executives at General Electric, whose leadership had dallied with progressivism. Amity Shlaes, WSJ, "‘The Improbable Wendell Willkie’ Review: The Great Disruptor," 13 Sep. 2018 And suggesting there’s any way to separate the strands of social and cultural and business and finance and progressivism and activism and tradition is naïve. Eric Johnson, Recode, "John Skipper, ESPN’s former president, is back ... at a rival sports media company.," 8 Nov. 2018 But 21st-century progressivism is also a religion—a militant faith, a true church in nearly all important respects. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "A Spectral Witness Materializes," 17 Sep. 2018 So the beat of identity politics, and progressivism generally, goes on. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, "Americans Turned to Trump to Roll Back the Progressive Tide," 19 Nov. 2018 Yet today’s left-liberal progressivism has slowly transformed itself into a thing with which no one can reason or compromise. Barton Swaim, WSJ, "Politics Books: Rootless, Isolated and Manipulated by Technology," 19 Oct. 2018 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

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First Known Use of progressivism

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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