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rɪˈgrɛʃ ənre·gres·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. arrested development, fixation, infantile fixation, regressionnoun

    an abnormal state in which development has stopped prematurely

  2. regressionnoun

    (psychiatry) a defense mechanism in which you flee from reality by assuming a more infantile state

  3. regression, simple regression, regression toward the mean, statistical regressionnoun

    the relation between selected values of x and observed values of y (from which the most probable value of y can be predicted for any value of x)

  4. regression, regress, reversion, retrogression, retroversionnoun

    returning to a former state


  1. regressionnoun

    An action of regressing, a return to a previous state.

  2. regressionnoun

    A psychotherapeutic method whereby healing is facilitated by inducing the patient to act out behaviour typical of an earlier developmental stage.

  3. regressionnoun

    An analytic method to measure the association of one or more independent variables with a dependent variable.

  4. regressionnoun

    An equation using specified and associated data for two or more variables such that one variable can be estimated from the remaining variable(s).

  5. regressionnoun

    The reappearance of a bug in a piece of software that had previously been fixed.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Regressionnoun

    the act of passing back or returning; retrogression; retrogradation

    Etymology: [L. regressio: cf. F. rgression.]


  1. Regression

    Regression, according to psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, is a defense mechanism leading to the temporary or long-term reversion of the ego to an earlier stage of development rather than handling unacceptable impulses in a more adult way. The defense mechanism of regression, in psychoanalytic theory, occurs when an individual's personality reverts to an earlier stage of development, adopting more childish mannerisms. Psychiatrist Joel Gold suggests that careful use of "ARISE" can sometimes yield creative benefits. To the extent that one is handling thoughts and impulses less like an adult, ARISE involves play, appreciation and primitive pleasures, and imagination.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of regression in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of regression in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of regression in a Sentence

  1. Jeff Werber:

    One colleague that I read an article about has used it for tumors, and the cannabidiol was instrumental in causing tumor regression, hopefully we can learn more as time goes on as more states legalize marijuana, we’ll learn a lot more and be able to prove scientifically, the benefits of the use of cannabidiols for pets.

  2. Alex Branczik:

    There's no doubt that today this image has incredible currency not just here in the UK but across Europe and beyond, here we see this, one of our oldest democracies and within it we see the regression toward tribal animalistic behavior.

  3. Salman Aziz:

    Outer beauty won’t remain forever but inner beauty does. Don’t run after outer beauty. Because of it can be a huge mistake when you chose outer beauty instead of inner beauty. And that will leave you with regression. Only try to know and get the inner beauty of somebody or something. It will bring peace inside of you.

  4. Melanie Campbell:

    We believe this is a state of emergency, because we don't have a strong voting Voting Rights act to push back on some of this, then we are looking at regression... and with African Americans, we have always had to have federal intervention.

  5. Salman Aziz:

    Finding someone’s weakness only can make you strongest in the earth but not inside you. And someday you can be in the worst situation when someone found your biggest weakness. That day you will be left with regression. Nothing can change back!

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    in or of the month preceding the present one
    • A. arbitrary
    • B. ravening
    • C. ultimo
    • D. extroversive

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