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

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 The reaction illustrated how fans increasingly demand progressivism from pop stars, especially disrupters like Tokischa. New York Times, 13 Apr. 2022 San Francisco, the nation’s leading case study of a major city’s long transition to flowers-in-your-hair progressivism, has recalled by some 60% District Attorney Chesa Boudin, a case study in progressive theories of prosecution. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, 8 June 2022 After all, the furniture signifies a replacement of antiquated values with modern progressivism. New York Times, 2 June 2022 Fetterman's lead certainly does vindicate a narrative about the ascendance of progressivism in the party, but not quite in the way analysts have framed it. Damon Linker, The Week, 17 May 2022 Recently, Black ultrarunner Kunlong VonCousin was verbally assaulted by a white woman while out on a run in Boulder, Colorado, a town with a reputation for progressivism. Lisa Jhung, Outside Online, 1 July 2020 The candidates who win the Republican primaries, and later the general election, could lend more power to the voice of fiscal conservatism or progressivism on the council. Brittany Carloni, The Indianapolis Star, 22 Apr. 2022 Several incidents in the past year reveal a pattern of hostility towards any student who has refused to conform to the ever-changing doctrines of woke progressivism. Ian Schwartz, National Review, 28 Mar. 2022 Today’s woke progressivism, which purports to be antiracist, reveals its own hypocrisy. Gil Troy, WSJ, 7 Oct. 2021 See More

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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 19 Aug. 2022.

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