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

Examples of progressivism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Imagine a bright, inquisitive student, starstruck with the sciences but disenchanted with progressivism. Ari Schulman, The New Republic, "The Coronavirus and the Right’s Scientific Counterrevolution," 15 June 2020 But the result in Iowa, unlike states with primary elections, often turns on voters’ second choice, a quirk that could boost Joe Biden when supporters of other, low-performing moderate candidates seek a safe harbor from Sanders’ progressivism. Gregory Korte,, "Caucus Games: How Last-Minute Maneuvers Could Tilt Iowa Outcome," 5 May 2020 Warren’s more conspicuously wonky and personable brand of progressivism didn’t either. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "Democrats are Losing at Political Rhetoric," 2 May 2020 Replacing the immutable tenets of faith with American progressivism only makes declining religious participation more likely. WSJ, "Where Did All the Faith Go?," 9 July 2019 Since statehood, California has pitched itself to the nation as a place of reinvention, prosperity, health, and progressivism—a utopia on the individual and collective scale. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, "Waking up from the California Dream," 11 Nov. 2019 Electric currents of nostalgic camp fused with unabashed progressivism in period extravaganzas like Pose and Feud. Darren Franich,, "Hollywood review: Ryan Murphy's showbiz dramedy splits EW's critics," 29 Apr. 2020 The Democratic Party’s 2020 tug of war between the merits of centrism and progressivism is one that Mr. Sitaraman and Mr. Buttigieg have been preparing for since their days in college. New York Times, "A Scholar of Democracy Gets a 2020 Lab for His Ideas," 15 Feb. 2020 Still, there’s a veneer of progressivism to the Schlafly couple that the episode cleverly cuts through about halfway into its runtime. Anne Cohen,, "Mrs America Premiere Recap: How Phyllis Schlafly Went From Nuclear Expert To ERA Villain," 15 Apr. 2020

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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 15 Jul. 2020.

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