Definition of retrogression in English:



mass noun
  • 1The process of returning to an earlier state, typically a worse one.

    ‘a retrogression to 19th-century attitudes’
    • ‘If the Government plans to revert to the earlier situation, it will certainly be an act of retrogression.’
    • ‘‘Arms control and disarmament are at a critical moment, when failure to advance would mean retrogression,’ he said at the three-day conference.’
    • ‘Therefore, if the law stipulates that it is necessary to reward people who find lost property and return it to its owner, it marks a moral retrogression of our society.’
    • ‘Our epoch is characterized by startling advances on the one hand and conditions of extreme socioeconomic retrogression and distress on the other.’
    • ‘If carried far enough, the process of redistribution results in economic stagnation and economic retrogression.’
    • ‘Worse, because of its alignment with the methodological approach of mainstream economics, he claims that the new economic geography represents retrogression from the earlier authors.’
    • ‘It seems that rather than advancing our understanding of the causes behind boom-bust cycles, they have contributed to a further retrogression of the economic discipline.’
    • ‘The institute was to document the condition of the sculptures, investigate the sources of their retrogression, and prevent further deterioration.’
    • ‘One applauds progress, the other retrogression.’
    • ‘The cultural retrogression is not a new problem facing the city, but it has become really serious in the past 10 years, according to Gu Jun, a sociologist at Shanghai University.’
    • ‘Hostile commentators seized on this to paint a picture of continuing retrogression to which the regime's final collapse in the late 1940s in an orgy of corruption induced by hyperinflation, lends colour.’
    • ‘No politician is talking about ideas or programs to liberate the people from the current economic retrogression and social decay.’
    • ‘This naturalness, though it may appear like denial of the knowledge-systems of modernist culture, is not retrogression to pre-modernism.’
    • ‘In other words, her skills have retarded into that of one unfit to practice such arts, though she herself is unaware of this retrogression.’
    • ‘It's not the language of foreclosure or exclusion or retrogression.’
    decline, downturn, fall, falling, falling away, slipping, drop, deterioration, worsening, degeneration, dereliction, backsliding, regression, decay, descent, sinking, slide, ebb, waning, corruption, debasement, tainting, corrosion, impairment
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  • 2Astronomy

    another term for retrogradation
    • ‘The rhythms, sequences, waves and patterns with respect to the retrogression and direct motion of the planets is symphonic in its holistic entirety.’
    • ‘The sun-centred system implies, for instance, that Jupiter's retrograde motion is more pronounced than that of Saturn, and that the frequency with which retrogression occurs is greater for Saturn than for Jupiter.’
    • ‘Perhaps the problem of retrogression lies not in the planets themselves but in our understanding of the system of planets gathered about our Sun, and the relationship that the planets have with the Sun as seen from our geocentric viewpoint.’


Mid 17th century: from retro- ‘backwards’, on the pattern of progression.