Definition of regression
1 : the act or an instance of regressing
2 : a trend or shift toward a lower or less perfect state: such asa : progressive decline of a manifestation of diseaseb (1) : gradual loss of differentiation and function by a body part especially as a physiological change accompanying aging (2) : gradual loss of memories and acquired skillsc : reversion to an earlier mental or behavioral leveld : a functional relationship between two or more correlated variables that is often empirically determined from data and is used especially to predict values of one variable when given values of the others the regression of y on x is linear; specifically : a function that yields the mean value of a random variable under the condition that one or more independent variables have specified values
3 : retrograde motion
Examples of regression in a sentence
the regression to really childish behavior that boys often undergo when put in large groups
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playMedical Definition of regression
: a trend or shift toward a lower, less severe, or less perfect state: asa: progressive decline (as in size or severity) of a manifestation of disease tumor regression following radiationb (1): a gradual loss of differentiation and function by a body part especially as a physiological change accompanying aging menopausal regression of the ovaries (2): gradual loss (as in old age) of memories and acquired skillsc: reversion to an earlier mental or behavioral level or to an earlier stage of psychosexual development in response to organismic stress or to suggestion a protective regression towards childhood—Havelock Ellis
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