Definition of degressive in English:



  • 1Reducing by gradual amounts.

    • ‘In between both extremes, there is a range of models of degressive proportionality.’
    • ‘You repay the amount borrowed with a degressive repayment plan.’
    • ‘He added that in the complainant's case the compensation, paid at degressive rates over three years, would cost 18,000 Swiss francs.’
    • ‘If the barrel cannot be made very long, it is better to use a degressive propellant to achieve the maximum exit velocity in a limited distance.’
    • ‘It must be degressive and be granted for no more than five years.’
    1. 1.1(of taxation) at successively lower rates on lower amounts.
      • ‘A switch to a degressive system would be associated with a shift in tax burden from lower to upper and especially middle income families.’
      • ‘Taxes that affect lower income groups the most are degressive, while taxes that affect higher income groups the most are progressive.’
      • ‘Recent flat tax proposals are more similar to a degressive flat tax than to a ‘true’ flat tax.’
      • ‘But why not go a step further and improve incentives across the board by creating a degressive tax?’


Late 19th century: from Latin degress- descended (from the verb degredi, from de- down + gradi walk) + -ive.