pro·​gres·​siv·​i·​ty | \ ˌprō-(ˌ)gre-ˈsi-və-tē How to pronounce progressivity (audio) \

Definition of progressivity

: the quality or state of being a progressive tax

Examples of progressivity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The increase in the credit’s value and eligibility changes for households with very low incomes also marked an increase in the progressivity of the tax system. Marie Sapirie, Forbes, 20 May 2021 Democratic tax policy is wedded to an understanding of progressivity that doesn’t bode well for Americans abroad. Robert Goulder, Forbes, 7 June 2021 That progressivity ratio of 1.35 is far higher than the German ratio of 1.07, French ratio of 1.1 and Swedish ratio of 1. Phil Gramm And Mike Solon, WSJ, 12 May 2021 The lesson there is sometimes designs intended to introduce progressivity into the fee structure can backfire. Tax Notes Staff, Forbes, 6 Apr. 2021 Even with the high progressivity of the current tax code, the bills are extraordinary. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 20 Mar. 2021 To roll back this loss of progressivity, the economists propose steep increases in the corporate tax and the individual income tax for the wealthiest households, along with a new annual wealth tax for those with a net worth of more than $50 million. Washington Post, 17 Oct. 2019 This is what turns very mild decline in progressivity into rapid drop. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, 18 Oct. 2019 That last proposal regarding progressivity is the most important. Los Angeles Times, 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of progressivity

1880, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jul 2021

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“Progressivity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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