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Definitions for regressive
rɪˈgrɛs ɪvre·gres·sive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. regressiveadjective

    (of taxes) adjusted so that the rate decreases as the amount of income increases

  2. regressiveadjective

    opposing progress; returning to a former less advanced state


  1. regressiveadjective

    That tends to return, revert or regress.

  2. regressiveadjective

    Whose rate decreases as the amount increases.


  1. regressive

    Regressive typically refers to two possible concepts: 1. In a socio-political context, it refers to ideas, attitudes, laws, or policies that revert or seek to revert to a less advanced, less progressive, or less developed state or condition. This often refers to the reversal of social or economic reforms or any systems considered moving away from progress. 2. In the field of economics, regressive also refers to a type of tax that decreases as the amount subject to taxation increases. It places a proportionally higher burden on low-income individuals or groups compared to those with a higher income.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Regressiveadjective

    passing back; returning

  2. Regressiveadjective

    characterized by retrogression; retrogressive

  3. Etymology: [Cf. F. rgressif.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of regressive in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of regressive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of regressive in a Sentence

  1. Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo:

    Repealing this regressive and unfair tax on women is a matter of social and economic justice, i look forward to signing it into law.

  2. Froyo Tam:

    After Y2K, there was a bit of a hangover, after an era of futurism, things got more regressive and hedonistic. Nihilistic, even. It was an era of McBling and McMansions and consumerism driven by the notion we would have endless prosperity. That ended with the great recession in 2008 and we were a bit left in the wind.

  3. Lewis Mumford:

    Unable to create a meaningful life for itself, the personality takes its own revenge: from the lower depths comes a regressive form of spontaneity: raw animality forms a counterpoise to the meaningless stimuli and the vicarious life to which the ordinary man is conditioned. Getting spiritual nourishment from this chaos of events, sensations, and devious interpretations is the equivalent of trying to pick through a garbage pile for food.

  4. Jodey Arrington:

    We’ve got to stop the madness and the maddening spending that has given us inflation, which is a tax on every American, especially the regressive tax impact on working families.

  5. Ed Murray:

    Our goal is to replace our regressive tax system with a new formula for fairness, while ensuring Seattle stands up to President Trump's austere budget that cuts transportation, affordable housing, healthcare, and social services.

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