regressive

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adjective re·gres·sive \ri-ˈgre-siv\

Definition of regressive

  1. 1 :  tending to regress or produce regression

  2. 2 :  being, characterized by, or developing in the course of an evolutionary process involving increasing simplification of bodily structure

  3. 3 :  decreasing in rate as the base increases a regressive tax

regressively

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regressiveness

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regressivity

play \ˌrē-ˌgre-ˈsi-və-tē\ noun

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Medical Dictionary

regressive

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adjective re·gres·sive \ri-ˈgres-iv\

Medical Definition of regressive

  1. :  relating to, resulting from, producing, or characterized by regression regressive behavior regressive tissue changes



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