Definition of degressive in English:



  • 1Reducing by gradual amounts.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In between both extremes, there is a range of models of degressive proportionality.’
    • ‘It must be degressive and be granted for no more than five years.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.’
      • ‘But why not go a step further and improve incentives across the board by creating a degressive tax?’
      • ‘Recent flat tax proposals are more similar to a degressive flat tax than to a ‘true’ flat tax.’


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