follow Dictionary.com

Submit your word to be a Word of the Day!

regressive

[ri-gres-iv] /rɪˈgrɛs ɪv/
adjective
1.
regressing or tending to regress; retrogressive.
2.
Biology. of, pertaining to, or effecting regression.
3.
(of tax) decreasing proportionately with an increase in the tax base.
4.
Logic. obtained from or characterized by backward reasoning.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; regress + -ive
Related forms
regressively, adverb
regressiveness, regressivity
[ree-gre-siv-i-tee] /ˌri grɛˈsɪv ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
nonregressive, adjective
nonregressively, adverb
unregressive, adjective
unregressively, adverb
unregressiveness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for nonregressive

regressive

adj.

1630s; see regress + -ive. In reference to taxation, it is attested from 1889. Related: Regressively.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
nonregressive in Medicine

regressive re·gres·sive (rĭ-grěs'ĭv)
adj.

  1. Having a tendency to return or to revert.

  2. Characterized by regression.


re·gres'sive·ness n.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for regressive

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for nonregressive

0
0
Scrabble Words With Friends