the principles and practices of progressives.
(initial capital letter) the doctrines and beliefs of the Progressive party.

1890–95; progressive + -ism

progressivist, noun, adjective Unabridged
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progressive (prəˈɡrɛsɪv)
1.  of or relating to progress
2.  proceeding or progressing by steps or degrees
3.  (often capital) favouring or promoting political or social reform through government action, or even revolution, to improve the lot of the majority: a progressive policy
4.  denoting or relating to an educational system that allows flexibility in learning procedures, based on activities determined by the needs and capacities of the individual child, the aim of which is to integrate academic with social development
5.  Compare regressive (of a tax or tax system) graduated so that the rate increases relative to the amount taxed
6.  (esp of a disease) advancing in severity, complexity, or extent
7.  (of a dance, card game, etc) involving a regular change of partners after one figure, one game, etc
8.  denoting an aspect of verbs in some languages, including English, used to express prolonged or continuous activity as opposed to momentary or habitual activity: a progressive aspect of the verb ``to walk'' is ``is walking.''
9.  a person who advocates progress, as in education, politics, etc
10.  a.  the progressive aspect of a verb
 b.  a verb in this aspect

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Example sentences
He is also winning support for social progressivism.
In spite of this attenuated participation, both urban and rural progressivism flourished albeit in two different worlds.
The problem with the budget isn't its size or its underlying philosophy, which is one of pragmatic progressivism.
There is a discussion of his relationship with progressivism, his ideas about learning and the importance of practical activity.
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