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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For Robinson and Curry alike, a commitment to inclusion and justice isn’t just part of political progressivism, but part of the Christian message itself. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "“Welcome home, Matt”: Bishop Robinson welcomes Matthew Shepard — and gay Christians — back to the church," 26 Oct. 2018 Liberalism and progressivism have few philosophical constraints on striking while the political iron is hot, so internal squabbles over substantive policy matters are less likely. WSJ, "No Tea Party on the Democrats’ Left Wing," 12 Sep. 2018 If progressivism were such an albatross, Brown would have lost in a state that looks more and more Republican by the year. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The strange argument that Democrats actually lost the midterms, debunked," 9 Nov. 2018 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

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First Known Use of progressivism

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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