regressive

[ri-gres-iv]
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:
1625–35; regress + -ive

regressively, adverb
regressiveness, regressivity [ree-gre-siv-i-tee] , noun
nonregressive, adjective
nonregressively, adverb
unregressive, adjective
unregressively, adverb
unregressiveness, noun
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regressive (rɪˈɡrɛsɪv)
 
adj
1.  regressing or tending to regress
2.  See progressive (of a tax or tax system) levied or graduated so that the rate decreases as the amount taxed increases
3.  of, relating to, or characteristic of regression
 
regressively
 
adv
 
regressiveness
 
n

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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.
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Example sentences
It's slightly regressive for lower-income working people that have no option
  but to drive.
By and large, such taxes are regarded as regressive since they leave savings
  income untaxed.
Denying this admittedly disturbing insight about human evolution seems far more
  irrational and regressive than embracing it.
Perhaps regressive taxes are politically impossible to implement, but it's a
  useful academic question nonetheless.
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