One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Reducing by gradual amounts.
- ‘In between both extremes, there is a range of models of degressive proportionality.’
- ‘He added that in the complainant's case the compensation, paid at degressive rates over three years, would cost 18,000 Swiss francs.’
- ‘You repay the amount borrowed with a degressive repayment plan.’
- ‘It must be degressive and be granted for no more than five years.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1 (of taxation) at successively lower rates on lower amounts.
- ‘But why not go a step further and improve incentives across the board by creating a degressive tax?’
- ‘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.’
- ‘A switch to a degressive system would be associated with a shift in tax burden from lower to upper and especially middle income families.’
Late 19th century: from Latin degress- ‘descended’ (from the verb degredi, from de- ‘down’ + gradi ‘walk’) + -ive.
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