retrogressive

adjective

ret·​ro·​gres·​sive ˌre-trə-ˈgre-siv How to pronounce retrogressive (audio)
: characterized by retrogression: such as
a
: going or directed backward
b
: declining from a better to a worse state
c
: passing from a higher to a lower level of organization
retrogressive evolution
retrogressively adverb

Examples of retrogressive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The commenters had an absolute field day with what many view as a tone-deaf and retrogressive fashion shoot. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 28 Nov. 2023 Fox Odoi-Oywelowo, one of the few lawmakers who opposed the bill, called it repugnant and retrogressive. Rael Ombuor, Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2023 They are committed to a retrogressive public policy. Philip Elliott, Time, 25 Aug. 2021 Representation can help change this retrogressive thinking. Elissa Strauss, CNN, 3 Dec. 2020 Those against Brexit portrayed it as historically retrogressive, taking the country out of the collective European project while imperiling access to the European marketplace — the destination for nearly half of the nation’s exports. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, 2 Sep. 2019 But Tan appears to be responding to the retrogressive entrenchment of hard-line conservative values and intolerance in pockets of American life today. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Mar. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1688, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of retrogressive was in 1688

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Cite this Entry

“Retrogressive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/retrogressive. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

retrogressive

adjective
ret·​ro·​gres·​sive -ˈgres-iv How to pronounce retrogressive (audio)
: characterized by retrogression: as
a
: declining from a better to a worse state
a retrogressive disease
b
: passing from a higher to a lower level of organization
retrogressive evolution
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