ret·​ro·​gres·​sive | \ˌre-trə-ˈgre-siv \

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

: causing a return to an earlier and usually worse state


ret·​ro·​gres·​sive | \-ˈgres-iv \

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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