Definition of Progressive

1. Noun. A tense of verbs used in describing action that is on-going.

2. Adjective. Favoring or promoting progress. "Progressive schools"

3. Noun. A person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties.
Exact synonyms: Liberal, Liberalist
Generic synonyms: Adult, Grownup
Specialized synonyms: Armchair Liberal, Latitudinarian, Neoliberal, Pluralist, Whig
Antonyms: Conservative

4. Adjective. Favoring or promoting reform (often by government action).

5. Adjective. (of taxes) adjusted so that the rate increases as the amount of income increases.
Category relationships: Revenue Enhancement, Tax, Taxation
Similar to: Degressive
Antonyms: Regressive

6. Adjective. Gradually advancing in extent.
Similar to: Increasing

7. Adjective. (of a card game or a dance) involving a series of sections for which the participants successively change place or relative position. "Progressive tournaments"
Similar to: Ordered

8. Adjective. Advancing in severity. "Progressive paralysis"
Similar to: Active

Definition of Progressive

1. a. Moving forward; proceeding onward; advancing; evincing progress; increasing; as, progressive motion or course; -- opposed to retrograde.

2. a. Of or pertaining to the Progressive party.

Definition of Progressive

1. Adjective. Belonging to or supporting a Progressive Party. ¹

2. Adjective. Of or pertaining to such a party, its policies, or its membership. ¹

3. Noun. A member or supporter of a Progressive Party. ¹

4. Adjective. Favouring or promoting progress; advanced. ¹

5. Adjective. Gradually advancing in extent; increasing. ¹

6. Adjective. Promoting or favoring progress towards improved conditions or new policies, ideas or methods. ¹

7. Adjective. Of or relating to progressive education. ¹

8. Adjective. (context: of an income tax or other tax) Increasing in rate as the taxable amount increases. ¹

9. Adjective. Advancing in severity. ¹

10. Adjective. liberal (politically) ¹

11. Noun. A person who actively favors or strives for progress towards improved conditions, as in society or government. ¹

12. Noun. (grammar) A progressive verb. ¹

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Definition of Progressive

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Progressive

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progress bars
progress report
progress to
progressive (current term)
progressive aspect
progressive dinner
progressive dinners
progressive emphysematous necrosis
progressive metal
progressive rock
progressive tax
progressive tense
progressive vaccinia
progressive verb

Literary usage of Progressive

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"The Leyden-Mobius Type; The Zimmerlin Type Mobius (P. /.)• progressive ... L The Spinal Form of progressive (Central) Muscular Atrophy (Aran-Duchenne Type) ..."

2. The Principles and Practice of Medicine: Designed for the Use of by William Osler (1905)
"Associated with it is a progressive atrophy of the muscles, combined with more or less spastic rigidity. Three affections, as a rule described apart, ..."

3. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1901)
"The course of development was that of a progressive dementia and gradually increasing enfeeble- ment ... The onset was gradual and the course progressive. ..."

4. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1913)
"did not nominate any one for Judge of that circuit There was no candidate for that office on the progressive party ticket. In this state of things, ..."

5. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by American Neurological Association, Philadelphia Neurological Society, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association, Boston Society of Psychiatry and Neurology (1916)
"The appearance shortly afterwards, of Dr. Wilson's article on progressive lenticular degeneration, convinced us that we were dealing with a similar ..."

6. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by Philadelphia Neurological Society, American Neurological Association, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association (1903)
"1. Chronic Hypertrophic Acrocyanosis. M. PEHU. 3. Acquired and progressive Chronic ... A Case of progressive Facial Hemiatrophy. CALMETTE and PAGES. ..."

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