progressive

adjective
pro·​gres·​sive | \ prə-ˈgre-siv How to pronounce progressive (audio) \

Essential Meaning of progressive

1 : moving forward the progressive movements of the hands of a clock
2 : happening or developing gradually over a period of time a progressive disease
3 : using or interested in new or modern ideas especially in politics and education a progressive community/school a progressive candidate

Full Definition of progressive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : of, relating to, or characterized by progress
b : making use of or interested in new ideas, findings, or opportunities
c : of, relating to, or constituting an educational theory marked by emphasis on the individual child, informality of classroom procedure, and encouragement of self-expression
2 : of, relating to, or characterized by progression
3 : moving forward or onward : advancing
4a : increasing in extent or severity a progressive disease
b : increasing in rate as the base increases a progressive tax
5 often capitalized : of or relating to political Progressives
6 : of, relating to, or constituting a verb form that expresses action or state in progress at the time of speaking or a time spoken of
7 : of, relating to, or being a multifocal lens with a gradual transition between focal lengths progressive bifocals
8 : or, relating to, or using a method of video scanning (as for television or a computer monitor) in which the horizontal lines of each frame are drawn successively from top to bottom — compare interlaced

progressive

noun

Definition of progressive (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : one that is progressive
b : one believing in moderate political change and especially social improvement by governmental action
2 capitalized : a member of any of various U.S. political parties: such as
a : a member of a predominantly agrarian minor party that around 1912 split off from the Republicans specifically : bull moose
b : a follower of Robert M. La Follette in the presidential campaign of 1924
c : a follower of Henry A. Wallace in the presidential campaign of 1948

Other Words from progressive

Adjective

progressively adverb
progressiveness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for progressive

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of progressive in a Sentence

Adjective the progressive movements of the hands of a clock progressive forms of animal life Noun Believe” is never used in the progressive.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Scandinavia has a reputation as the home of some of the world’s most progressive gender policies. Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2021 This is something to which the progressive wing of the Democratic Party is particularly sensitive. Lincoln Mitchell, CNN, 23 Nov. 2021 She’s a business executive with enough money to put seven figures into her own campaign — and advocates progressive policies, such as Medicare for All and a version of the green New Deal. Anthony Man, sun-sentinel.com, 20 Nov. 2021 In Norway, the most progressive electric vehicle policies in the world started with a pop group, an environmentalist, and a small red Fiat Panda. Morgan Meaker, Wired, 18 Nov. 2021 But he also can’t be seen by the progressive wing of the Democratic party as being pro-oil in promoting domestic output. Dan Eberhart, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2021 But if the progressive wing of the party has anything to say about it, the Democrats’ expansionist agenda isn’t likely to change. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, 7 Nov. 2021 However, the bill is awaiting a vote in the House, with leaders in the progressive wing pushing back against it without agreement on a larger $1.85 trillion social and climate spending package. Michelle Shen, USA TODAY, 1 Nov. 2021 But it already is being trimmed back in Senate negotiations, with Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, the two centrist Democrats pushing for cuts that have not pleased the party’s progressive wing. Clarence Page, chicagotribune.com, 26 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Each element requires more time and commitment than available not merely on the flash-policy horizon of a conspiratorial progressive, but also that of a conventional political career. Clyde Wayne Crews Jr., Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 These changes aren’t just confined to shifts among younger progressive-leaning Americans. Samuel Gregg, National Review, 12 July 2021 Need to Impeach now has 8 million members and has become the largest progressive-leaning organization in the U.S. Natasha Bach, Fortune, 8 July 2019 Burroughs, who describes himself as a progressive, has been a sometimes polarizing figure on the school board — unafraid to criticize either County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks (D) or her predecessor, Rushern L. Baker (D). Washington Post, 15 Nov. 2021 Even his progressive-leaning children, who planned to vote for Wu, are now considering her rival, Fiin said. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Oct. 2021 The progressive Left’s agenda includes no response to that ensuing wave of violence. George J. Terwilliger Iii, National Review, 1 Aug. 2021 If Congress forces its progressive will on the people, confidence in elections will plummet. Kim Crockett, Star Tribune, 30 Mar. 2021 South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg wasn’t any progressive’s first choice to head the Department of Interior. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 17 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of progressive

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Noun

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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More Definitions for progressive

progressive

adjective
pro·​gres·​sive | \ prə-ˈgre-siv How to pronounce progressive (audio) \

Kids Definition of progressive

1 : of, relating to, or showing advancement a progressive city
2 : taking place gradually or step by step a progressive disease
3 : favoring gradual political change and social improvement by action of the government

Other Words from progressive

progressively adverb

progressive

adjective
pro·​gres·​sive | \ prə-ˈgres-iv How to pronounce progressive (audio) \

Medical Definition of progressive

1 : increasing in extent or severity a progressive disease
2 : of, relating to, or being a multifocal lens with a gradual transition between focal lengths progressive bifocals

Other Words from progressive

progressively adverb

progressive

adjective
pro·​gres·​sive

Legal Definition of progressive

: increasing in rate as the base increases a progressive tax

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