retrogress

verb ret·ro·gress \ ˌre-trə-ˈgres \
Updated on: 24 Nov 2017

Definition of retrogress

intransitive verb
: to move backward : revert

Examples of retrogress in a Sentence

  1. the quality of research at the university lab has begun to retrogress since the massive budget cuts went into effect

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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

retrogress Synonyms



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