un·​pro·​gres·​sive ˌən-prə-ˈgre-siv How to pronounce unprogressive (audio)
: 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
unprogressively adverb

Examples of unprogressive in a Sentence

a candidate with unprogressive ideas about public education
Recent Examples on the Web Indeed, the reality for women in Germany has been remarkably unprogressive. Lenora Chu, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 Jan. 2022 There was too much deference to people sowing chaos under the banner of social justice, perhaps for fear of seeming unprogressive. Nicholas Kristof, Star Tribune, 15 Apr. 2021 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, 5 Dec. 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

1722, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unprogressive was in 1722

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“Unprogressive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unprogressive. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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