Definition of progressive in English:

progressive

adjective

  • 1Happening or developing gradually or in stages; proceeding step by step.

    ‘a progressive decline in popularity’
    • ‘The two principal features of Bacon's new method were an emphasis on gradual, progressive inductions, and a method of exclusion.’
    • ‘Gradual, progressive resistance is a far more effective - and safe - way to increase muscle strength.’
    • ‘The typical model of cancer palliative care might not suit people who have a gradual, progressive decline with unpredictable exacerbations.’
    • ‘Your inability to climb well can be improved if you find the key limiter and incorporate an objective plan to improve your fitness in progressive stages.’
    • ‘The testing occurs in two stages, the first stage consisting of a progressive exertion test to measure endurance and a vertical leap test to measure explosive leg power.’
    • ‘All in all there are four stages of progressive differentiation.’
    • ‘The Buddhist path is divided into three yanas, or vehicles, which represent levels or progressive stages of Buddhist teachings.’
    • ‘Successive appeals chronicled the progressive decline and eventual closure of the practice.’
    • ‘Once the brace is removed, treatment involves progressive strengthening, gradual return to running then sport-specific drills.’
    • ‘Aging does not have to mean a progressive decline in the quality of life, so extended good health is the new challenge in all societies today.’
    • ‘Avoid rapid, bouncing movements, and instead emphasize a slow, gradual, and progressive stretch of each muscle.’
    • ‘These courses may assist you in developing a comprehensive and progressive training program for staff to help reduce some of the risks involved in boating.’
    • ‘In such a case, the disease could have affected your operated ear, gradually resulting in the progressive loss of hearing.’
    • ‘It is important to mention that the stages are not necessarily progressive but indicate the depth of pathological involvement.’
    • ‘Three progressive stages of coding in the grounded theory method are open coding, axial coding, and selective coding.’
    • ‘To understand visualization practice, we have to understand something of the progressive stages of meditation.’
    • ‘One lesson a week will give a slow, but progressive development.’
    • ‘Evidence emerged of progressive glass deterioration and raised concerns of possible parchment deterioration by hydrolysis.’
    • ‘Aging is not a disease but a normal, gradual, and progressive decline that begins in the thirties when biological aging initiates cellular changes throughout the body.’
    • ‘At the same time one must observe the pattern of progressive deterioration here as well.’
    continuing, continuous, increasing, growing, developing, ongoing, intensifying, accelerating, escalating
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    1. 1.1 (of a disease or ailment) increasing in severity or extent.
      ‘progressive liver failure’
      • ‘Multiple sclerosis is a progressive condition, which affects the nervous system, for which there is no cure.’
      • ‘The report also recommends that people with progressive conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, should be covered from the time of diagnosis.’
      • ‘He has rapidly progressive HIV disease as shown by his high viral load.’
      • ‘He had been examined periodically in recent months because of progressive congestive heart failure and peripheral edema.’
      • ‘Once respiratory or renal disease develops, the course is usually rapidly progressive.’
      • ‘In contrast, tumors and ototoxic medications produce slowly progressive unilateral or bilateral lesions.’
      • ‘While the disorder is not progressive, the levels of independent function often deteriorate once a child enters adolescence and adulthood.’
      • ‘Furthermore, heart failure is a progressive condition: once symptoms appear, subsequent morbidity and mortality are high.’
      • ‘Patients suffering from cholesterol emboli syndrome, a progressive disease unresponsive to therapy, may benefit from iloprost.’
      • ‘It was a progressive condition that fed off itself, as well as people's fears about it.’
      • ‘Chronic progressive weakness is the classic presentation in genetic and metabolic myopathies.’
      • ‘An addiction is a progressive disorder with mounting consequences with a genetic, biological heritage.’
      • ‘Alzheimer's disease is a progressive disorder with a substantial impact on patients and their families.’
      • ‘An elderly black woman was readmitted to the hospital from a nursing home because of progressive weakness.’
      • ‘In a progressive condition such as cystic fibrosis, it is difficult to disentangle the effects of age from those of disease severity.’
      • ‘I developed progressive MS late in life at age 46 after three years of very stressful work.’
      • ‘Alzheimer's disease is a chronic, progressive dementia developing over months to years.’
      • ‘The second phase, referred to as the cardiopulmonary phase, is manifested by severe, rapidly progressive respiratory failure.’
      • ‘On her second hospital day she developed fever, tachycardia and tachypnea, progressive respiratory distress, and hypotension.’
      • ‘Obesity is also a progressive condition, unlike anorexia nervosa, which tends to ameliorate with age.’
    2. 1.2 (of taxation or a tax) increasing as a proportion of the sum taxed as that sum increases.
      ‘steeply progressive income taxes’
      • ‘Income tax rates will not be increased and the progressive taxation system will be preserved.’
      • ‘He thinks a more progressive tax system would bolster public confidence.’
      • ‘The drive to abolish the estate tax is just one part of a much broader attack on the progressive tax system.’
      • ‘Income tax structures use standard per-person exemptions, progressive tax rates, and earned income credits.’
      • ‘Other forms of progressive taxation, such as a tax on wealth, are common in other rich nations.’
      • ‘Real wages increased by 44 percent and there were other gains in the form of food subsidies, shorter working hours and social insurance, financed by steep progressive taxation.’
      • ‘Income taxes are progressive - that is to say, you pay a higher proportion of your income the more money you make.’
      • ‘This is a case in point to indicate that land-based property taxes are progressive.’
      • ‘A meaningful minimum wage, reinforced by progressive taxation on high earners, could be a start.’
      • ‘Income splitting between spouses helps reduce taxes overall because of progressive tax rates.’
      • ‘He suggests using progressive taxation to reduce inequality.’
      • ‘A nominally progressive tax structure to some degree retards the concentration over time of wealth among individuals.’
      • ‘Financing would come, most obviously, from the revival of steeply progressive taxation.’
      • ‘How effective has this progressive tax structure been?’
      • ‘Federal income tax is progressive, but this only barely makes up for the regressive nature of state and local taxes.’
      • ‘Redressing economic inequality through more progressive taxation of the rich is out.’
      • ‘Everyone agrees that the fairest form of taxation is a progressive income tax: the more one earns, the more one pays.’
      • ‘In Britain, income tax is a progressive tax, which is to say that the rich pay proportionately more than the poor.’
      • ‘State lawmakers' enthusiasm for cutting progressive taxes caught up with them in 2002.’
      • ‘Sometimes I think it is useless to debate the economic effects of decisions on minimum wage, inheritance taxes, progressive taxation, etc.’
    3. 1.3 (of a card game or dance) involving a series of sections for which participants successively change place or relative position.
      • ‘At the progressive twenty-five card game in the Parish Hall on Tuesday, six people shared the top prize.’
      • ‘It is a progressive 25 card game and it will be held in the Old School Community Centre and will commence at 9pm.’
      • ‘I watched as the rest of the members of my class whirled around the Sport Hall in a progressive dance called the Oslo.’
    4. 1.4archaic Engaging in or constituting forward motion.
  • 2(of a group, person, or idea) favoring or implementing social reform or new, liberal ideas.

    ‘a relatively progressive governor’
    • ‘It was brought about by progressive ideas and by the desire for social change.’
    • ‘New organizing concepts and progressive ideas emerged during this period and they became lynchpins to the solutions of pestilence and urban design problems.’
    • ‘The persecution of Christians was restrained by his progressive measures.’
    • ‘People have high expectations about Labor, the party of reform and progressive ideas.’
    • ‘Although a right-wing neo-conservative, he's quite progressive on social policy and this gives him a certain desirability.’
    • ‘Until very recently, most progressive people and organizations putting serious money into electoral work never considered spending on these terms.’
    • ‘If we are not to use man-made poisons, the answer favoured by progressive gardeners is some kind of natural remedy.’
    • ‘The progressive solution lies in developing a unified political movement of the working class, armed with a genuine socialist consciousness.’
    • ‘As the church and aristocracy led an assault on the radical ideas coming from revolutionary France, Goya and his progressive friends found themselves under attack.’
    • ‘When our founding mothers and fathers wrote the Constitution, they took a major step forward in terms of progressive policies, by abolishing capital punishment.’
    • ‘Do you think outspokenly progressive people are held to a standard that's not expected of others?’
    • ‘The progressive beliefs and social justice we stand for, our core, must not be altered.’
    • ‘She is a persuasive speaker who has mainstreamed progressive ideas without allowing them to be labeled as too liberal or left-wing.’
    • ‘Instead, the task for progressive people of all complexions should be to improve ourselves as human beings and rehabilitate our national house simultaneously.’
    • ‘We're going to be strong on security and we're going to be socially progressive.’
    • ‘Each stands for the failure of grandiose but flawed social experiments, master plans drawn up by enlightened and progressive lovers of humanity in the abstract.’
    • ‘There was a time when championing state sovereignty was a progressive idea because the advance of statehood helped destroy empires.’
    • ‘I wish we had the luxury of choosing candidates purely on the basis of their commitment to a bottom-up revolution of the people and progressive ideas.’
    • ‘I have a question for radical and progressive people in the West.’
    • ‘I'm not enthused by the domestic agenda but I am very glad we have a radical and progressive leader on the international scene.’
    1. 2.1 Favoring or promoting change or innovation.
      ‘a progressive art school’
      • ‘The whole point of progressive politics is to stand with the most vulnerable people.’
      • ‘If the differences are important, we need to overcome them so as to develop a progressive vision of a possible future and a strategy to get there.’
      • ‘One thing this election confirmed is that progressive politics can be winning politics.’
      • ‘The women's rights movement alone is one of the greatest progressive leaps forward in human history.’
      • ‘The quality of what is on offer is astonishing - high-tech design equipment, satellite feeds for language teaching, vigorous contemporary progressive teaching in the arts.’
      • ‘As they receded in the late fifties and early sixties the political space in which to develop a progressive agenda expanded accordingly.’
      • ‘Kitesurfing is the world's fastest growing watersport with new innovations and progressive manoeuvres being discovered regularly.’
      • ‘She also had a number of progressive medical views and was a pioneer of early rising after childbirth, a practice that is now universal.’
      • ‘The more progressive art magazines evinced little more interest in the subject of photography.’
      • ‘Each new technical innovation has represented a progressive leap forward toward a better future.’
      • ‘An aging bus repair shop may seem an unlikely place for a progressive art school.’
      • ‘A progressive art teacher shakes up a stuffy private school in 50s America.’
      • ‘It was a stable, hardworking and mutually profitable relationship in a changing, innovative and progressive period in the upgrading of the standard and facility of education in our schools.’
      • ‘He did a number of innovative and progressive things with the staff at the Institute, and I was always amazed at his ability to remember everyone's name.’
      • ‘Perhaps it was not the aesthetic itself but its complete break with the past that threatened the sensibilities - as progressive art will do.’
      • ‘Wood's restless energy and monumental ambition made him an innovator who adapted the progressive spirit of the age to military affairs.’
      • ‘The law was more than matched by popular literature and even progressive political movements.’
      • ‘His forward thinking, innovative and progressive methods of teaching, combined with his attention to detail of the core values of education, made him a wonderful asset to any school.’
      • ‘While at once forward-looking, a progressive movement is also well rooted in the historic tides of reform in America.’
      • ‘The same has to happen here because while these developments are progressive and should be encouraged, they are still only piecemeal.’
      modern, liberal, advanced, forward-looking, forward-thinking, go-ahead, enlightened, enterprising, innovative, up-and-coming, new, dynamic, avant-garde, modernistic, disruptive
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    2. 2.2 Relating to or denoting a style of rock music popular especially in the 1980s and characterized by classical influences, the use of keyboard instruments, and lengthy compositions.
      • ‘As dated as it all now sounds, Rare & Remixed nonetheless offers up some classic memories of the progressive movement's heyday.’
      • ‘The relaxed instrumentation elevates the insightful vocals, creating a sound best described as progressive garage rock.’
      • ‘This Toronto trio has left their mark on the scene with a unique style of improvised progressive breakbeat house, a sound driven by artistic ingenuity but upheld by talented instrumentation.’
      • ‘Lovers of the aging British rock band's art and progressive rock music were trying for days, but there simply weren't enough tickets for everyone.’
      • ‘Todd Rundgren, a 1970s progressive rock musician with a loyal fan base, has become one of the first musicians to master the Internet as a means of fostering sales.’
      • ‘She has been acclaimed for her organic and tribal sounds mixed in a progressive, techno-based style.’
      • ‘The band's style ranges from indie rock to progressive, with such influences as Radiohead, The Stone Roses, Led Zeppelin and The Frames.’
      • ‘Von Frickle is an American quartet from Eureka, Illinois, but they proudly wear their British progressive rock influences on their sleeve.’
      • ‘That moment, as well as anything, signifies the Japanese cut-and-paste master's arrival as a major force in the world of progressive pop music.’
      • ‘On the surface, they seem like one of those typical, progressive rock supergroup offshoots where each band member gets to show off their instrumental prowess.’
      • ‘A whole lifestyle is suggested by this, home to tastefully decorated flats and progressive rock music.’
      • ‘The band played progressive metal, a style mixing complex compositional structures and odd time signatures with the intensity of heavy metal.’
      • ‘With their eleventh release Canada's progressive minstrels have hunkered down and created their best since '93's Whale Music.’
      • ‘Among the most progressive songs is the title track, which opens the album as perhaps its strongest moment.’
  • 3Grammar
    Denoting an aspect or tense of a verb that expresses an action in progress, e.g., am writing, was writing.

    Also called continuous
    • ‘The same can be said of his frequent use of progressive verbs (gerunds).’
    • ‘One has to say, rather, I am writing a letter, with the progressive aspect.’
    • ‘Complaining and lobbying are progressive forms of verbs.’
    • ‘Today we will talk about transitive and progressive tenses.’
    • ‘I mean, so what if I use stative verbs in the progressive form, or use Chinese language structure for my English in daily usage?’

noun

  • 1A person advocating or implementing social reform or new, liberal ideas.

    • ‘These are all causes progressives have been advocating for years!’
    • ‘There is an economic and social dimension to the case for electoral reform that progressives often ignore.’
    • ‘Labor leaders and social progressives were among the most outspoken opponents of the World War I draft.’
    • ‘He's not going to kick out social conservatives if they agree with these principles any more than he'll kick out social progressives if they agree with these principles.’
    • ‘These men were the progressives and social reformers of their day.’
    • ‘This race has to be about basic questions of whether liberals and progressives can flourish in national politics.’
    • ‘If liberals, progressives, leftists and old-fashioned conservatives don't unite to stop him, he just might succeed.’
    • ‘Prior to the election, a loose coalition of social progressives was forming on council.’
    • ‘To me, this signifies that social progressives have, at last, conceded that they are a tiny minority of the Australian people.’
    • ‘Yet there are still debates between traditionalists and progressives as to reforming the electoral process even further.’
    • ‘What's more, the most influential and most active progressives advocated labor legislation ‘for women and for women only.’’
    • ‘It's a legislative issue, like other election reforms, and progressives should be leading the way.’
    • ‘We liberals and progressives and leftists have our own noble principles, our own beautiful abstract words.’
    • ‘Social surveillance, progressives argued, could and should enter the market to serve political ends.’
    • ‘He supported small business over large landowners and was a liberal progressive in his politics.’
    • ‘As our society places ever-increasing value on emotional maturity, progressives should expect social conservatives to respond with mounting cruelty and fanaticism.’
    • ‘I'm a fiscal conservative and a social progressive.’
    • ‘The reforms that progressives had introduced to improve learning were, for fundamentalists, part of the problem.’
    • ‘Sadly he failed to mention just which option said progressives should advocate.’
    • ‘The task of creating a democracy based on citizenship, diversity and solidarity is a far more difficult task, but one which social liberals and left-wing progressives in political and civil society need to take on.’
    innovator, reformer, reformist, liberal, libertarian, progressivist, progressionist, leftist, left-winger
    neoteric
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  • 2Grammar
    A progressive tense or aspect.

    ‘the present progressive’
    • ‘If the progressive can only be used with imperfectives, why is it not possible to use the progressive with quintessential examples of stative predicates, such as be tall and know French?’
    • ‘Have you ever read something that assiduously avoids all passives and progressives?’
    • ‘It is still possible to mark habitual with a + Verb, just like the progressive.’
    • ‘Again, this is clearly present progressive - it is what is happening right there and then he is referring to, not some habitual state of affairs.’
  • 3Printing
    Each of a set of proofs of color work, showing all the colors separately and the cumulative effect of overprinting them.

Origin

Early 17th century: from French progressif, -ive or medieval Latin progressivus, from progress- gone forward from the verb progredi (see progress).

Pronunciation

progressive

/prəˈɡresiv/