un·​pro·​gres·​sive | \ ˌən-prə-ˈgre-siv How to pronounce unprogressive (audio) \

Definition of unprogressive

: not progressive especially : not devoted to or promoting economic, social, or political progress Public opinion regards almost any discussion of cutting retiree benefits as inhumane, unprogressive, and even barbaric. — Robert J. Samuelson

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unprogressively adverb

Examples of unprogressive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Greenwell juxtaposes the narrator's experiences in an unprogressive, formerly Communist country still recovering its infrastructure, to the narrator's own childhood, growing up gay and closeted in the oppressive American South. Angela Ledgerwood, Esquire, "The 25 Best Books of 2016," 5 Dec. 2016

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1722, in the meaning defined above

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“Unprogressive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unprogressive. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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