pro·​gres·​siv·​i·​ty | \ˌprō-(ˌ)gre-ˈsi-və-tē \

Definition of progressivity 

: the quality or state of being a progressive tax

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And beyond a certain point, progressivity conflicts with efficiency. The Economist, "Fishing for fundsWanted: radical proposals to fill Britain’s giant fiscal hole," 15 Feb. 2018 The second source of opposition grew out of a broader animus to the notion of progressivity itself. Julian E. Zelizer, The Atlantic, "How America's Vision of Progressive Tax Reform Died," 28 Sep. 2017 But that progressivity holds true only for direct taxes on personal and corporate income. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "Europe’s Taxes Aren’t as Progressive as Its Leaders Like to Think," 3 Aug. 2017 To the extent that our society values progressivity in its tax code — and mobility on its socioeconomic ladder — this policy makes no sense. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "The GOP Tax Plan Takes From Orphans, Gives to Trust-Fund Kids," 2 Nov. 2017 The plan indicates Republicans would not change the progressivity of the current code, meaning that the rich would not get bigger cuts than the middle class and lower-income Americans. Annie Lowrey, The Atlantic, "The Republicans' Tax Blueprint Declines to Answer Some Hard Questions," 27 Sep. 2017 Such a campaign to repeal the 16th Amendment would enjoy broad popular support, particularly if progressivity benefits (e.g., a yearly check for $10,000) were limited to U.S. citizens. WSJ, "VAT Will Help Some Problems, Create Others," 10 Sep. 2017 The idea that differing life spans between rich and poor would reduce the progressivity of Social Security isn’t new; the Brookings Institution economist Henry J. Aaron identified the problem in a 1977 paper. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "The Return on Social Security Taxes Paid …," 22 Apr. 2016 The party could also go more ambitious, and offer a detailed plan for overhauling the tax system with an eye toward simplicity and progressivity. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Democrats Should Propose an Actual ‘Middle Class’ Tax Cut," 29 May 2017

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1880, in the meaning defined above

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