Definition of retrogress
: to move backward : revert
Examples of retrogress in a sentence
the quality of research at the university lab has begun to retrogress since the massive budget cuts went into effect
Did You Know?
As you might guess, retrogress is the opposite of progress. Retrogression is usually an undesirable decline from a higher or advanced level. So, for instance, in difficult social situations an adolescent can retrogress to a childish level of maturity. And under the extreme conditions of total war, a whole society may retrogress to a primitive state. The increasing number of poor or homeless people has been seen as evidence of modern social retrogression, and the rise of loud, name-calling TV and radio personalities strikes many people as a sign of political retrogression.
Origin and Etymology of retrogress
Latin retrogressus, past participle of retrogradi
First Known Use: 1812
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