ret·​ro·​gres·​sive | \ ˌre-trə-ˈgre-siv How to pronounce retrogressive (audio) \

Definition of retrogressive

: 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

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Other Words from retrogressive

retrogressively adverb

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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, "'1985': Film Review | SXSW 2018," 10 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of retrogressive

1688, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of retrogressive

formal : causing a return to an earlier and usually worse state


ret·​ro·​gres·​sive | \ -ˈgres-iv How to pronounce retrogressive (audio) \

Medical Definition of retrogressive

: 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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