pro·​gres·​siv·​i·​ty ˌprō-(ˌ)gre-ˈsi-və-tē How to pronounce progressivity (audio)
: the quality or state of being a progressive tax

Examples of progressivity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nonetheless, a look at the entire tax-and-transfer system — and a consideration of income classes beyond the very top earners — reveals the system’s increasing progressivity. Tyler Cowen, Twin Cities, 10 Jan. 2024 If this tax break disappears, governors of liberal states may feel pressured to reduce the progressivity of their state income tax systems and raise other kinds of taxes (49 states have balanced budget requirements), possibly harming lower-income taxpayers. Andrea Louise Campbell, Foreign Affairs, 16 May 2017 The reason the tax code is so complex has a lot to do with its alleged progressivity. WSJ, 20 Mar. 2023 In other words, a coveted tax deduction for the rich in return for a marginal increase in the progressivity of the top income-tax rate. William McGurn, WSJ, 17 May 2021 In this way law resembles many humanities, which don't seem to exhibit the same progressivity of science. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 26 July 2011 However, progressivity within the top 1% percent has been virtually eliminated. Dylan Dusseault, Fortune, 20 Oct. 2022 Three years ago, Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman published The Triumph of Injustice, which outlined, in stark terms, how the progressivity of America’s tax system has completely collapsed. Dylan Dusseault, Fortune, 20 Oct. 2022 The measure will generate a fair degree of progressivity in the water tariff policy for domestic consumers along with sensitising them on their consumption quantum. Niyati Seth, Quartz, 8 June 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of progressivity was in 1880

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“Progressivity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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