How about what we might consider softer definitions of progress?
Holloway concedes that each department still has a “unique culture” that can produce friction, but insists the progress is real.
Both Okonjo-Iweala and Ubiñas had encouraging things to say about progress and the future.
But the judge has assured the lawyers that, "If progress is being made we will stay," and keep working.
Their only progress, in fact, was marked by a move to central protagonists after a centuries-long run as side players.
She looks upon it rather as one of the reasonable conditions of progress.
Prehistoric man, as I just told you, was on a fair way to progress.
How, he inquires, can we seize the thread of the progress of the human mind?
We talked of progress; but progress, like the philosopher's stone, could not be easily attained.
There is no accounting for tastes, we say, and in saying that we despair of progress in the arts.
late 14c., "a going on, action of walking forward," from Old French progres (Modern French progrès), from Latin progressus "a going forward," from past participle of progredi (see progression).
In early use in English especially "a state journey by royalty." Figurative sense of "growth, development, advancement to higher stages" is from c.1600. To be in progress "underway" is attested by 1849. Progress report attested by 1865.
1590s in the literal sense; c.1600 in the figurative sense, from progress (n.). OED says the verb was obsolete in English 18c. but was reformed or retained in America and subsequently long regarded in Britain as an Americanism. Related: Progressed; progressing.