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regress

noun re·gress \ ˈrē-ˌgres \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of regress

1 a :an act or the privilege of going or coming back
b :reentry 1
2 :movement backward to a previous and especially worse or more primitive state or condition
3 :the act of reasoning backward

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Did You Know?

As you might guess, regress is the opposite of progress. So if a disease regresses, that's generally a good thing, but in most other ways we prefer not to regress. If someone's mental state has been improving, we hope he or she won't start to regress; and when a nation's promising educational system begins to regress, that's a bad sign for the country's future. Economists often distinguish between a progressive tax and a regressive tax; in a progressive tax, the percentage that goes to taxes gets larger as the amount of money being taxed gets larger, while in a regressive tax the percentage gets smaller. (Rich people prefer regressive taxes.)

Origin and Etymology of regress

Middle English regresse, from Anglo-French, from Latin regressus, from regredi to go back, from re- + gradi to go — more at grade


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regress

verb re·gress \ ri-ˈgres \

Definition of regress

intransitive verb
1 a :to make or undergo regress :retrograde
b :to be subject to or exhibit regression
2 :to tend to approach or revert to a mean
transitive verb
:to induce a state of psychological regression in

regressor

play \ri-ˈgre-sər\ noun

Examples of regress in a Sentence

  1. The patient is regressing to a childlike state.

  2. in extreme circumstances, people sometimes regress to the behavior they exhibited in childhood

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First Known Use of regress

circa 1522

regress Synonyms


REGRESS Defined for English Language Learners

regress

verb

Definition of regress for English Language Learners

  • : to return to an earlier and usually worse or less developed condition or state


Medical Dictionary

regress

intransitive verb re·gress \ ri-ˈgres \

medical Definition of regress

:to undergo or exhibit regression
  • a regressing lesion
transitive verb
:to induce a state of psychological regression in
  • regress a hypnotized subject


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