2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Progressive \Pro*gress"ive\, adjective [Cf. F. progressif.]

1. Moving forward; proceeding onward; advancing; evincing progress; increasing; as, progressive motion or course; -- opposed to {retrograde}.

2. Improving; as, art is in a progressive state.

3. (U. S. History) Of or pertaining to the Progressive party. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

4. Favoring improvement, change, progress, or reform, especially in a political context; -- used of people. Contrasted with {conservative}. [PJC]

Note: The term progressive is sometimes used to describe the views of a politician, where {liberal} might have been used at one time, in communities where the term liberal has come to connote extreme views. [PJC]

5. Disposed toward adopting new methods in government or education, holding tolerant and liberal ideas, and generally favoring improvement in civic life; -- of towns and communities. [PJC]

{Progressive euchre} or {Progressive whist}, a way of playing at card parties, by which after every game, the losers at the first table go to the last table, and the winners at all the tables, except the first, move up to the next table.

{Progressive muscular atrophy} (Med.), a nervous disorder characterized by continuous atrophy of the muscles. -- {Pro*gress"ive*ly}, adverb -- {Pro*gress"ive*ness}, noun

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: favoring or promoting progress; "progressive schools" [ant: {regressive}]

2: favoring or promoting reform (often by government action) [syn: {progressive}, {reformist}, {reform-minded}]

3: (of taxes) adjusted so that the rate increases as the amount of income increases [ant: {regressive}]

4: gradually advancing in extent

5: (of a card game or a dance) involving a series of sections for which the participants successively change place or relative position; "progressive euchre"; "progressive tournaments"

6: advancing in severity; "progressive paralysis"


1: a tense of verbs used in describing action that is on-going [syn: {progressive}, {progressive tense}, {imperfect}, {imperfect tense}, {continuous tense}]

2: a person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties [syn: {liberal}, {liberalist}, {progressive}] [ant: {conservative}, {conservativist}]

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