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

Other Words from unprogressive

unprogressively adverb

Examples of unprogressive in a Sentence

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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First Known Use of unprogressive

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 13 Aug. 2022.

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