Adjective "progressive" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Happening or developing gradually or in stages.
  1. 'One lesson a week will give a slow, but progressive development.'
  2. 'At the same time one must observe the pattern of progressive deterioration here as well.'
  3. 'The typical model of cancer palliative care might not suit people who have a gradual, progressive decline with unpredictable exacerbations.'
  4. '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.'
  5. 'The two principal features of Bacon's new method were an emphasis on gradual, progressive inductions, and a method of exclusion.'
  6. 'The Buddhist path is divided into three yanas, or vehicles, which represent levels or progressive stages of Buddhist teachings.'
  7. '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.'
  8. '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.'
  9. 'Once the brace is removed, treatment involves progressive strengthening, gradual return to running then sport-specific drills.'
  10. 'Gradual, progressive resistance is a far more effective - and safe - way to increase muscle strength.'
  11. 'progressive liver failure'
  12. 'Chronic progressive weakness is the classic presentation in genetic and metabolic myopathies.'
  13. 'An addiction is a progressive disorder with mounting consequences with a genetic, biological heritage.'
  14. 'In contrast, tumors and ototoxic medications produce slowly progressive unilateral or bilateral lesions.'
  15. 'The second phase, referred to as the cardiopulmonary phase, is manifested by severe, rapidly progressive respiratory failure.'
  16. 'While the disorder is not progressive, the levels of independent function often deteriorate once a child enters adolescence and adulthood.'
  17. 'Alzheimer's disease is a chronic, progressive dementia developing over months to years.'
  18. 'Furthermore, heart failure is a progressive condition: once symptoms appear, subsequent morbidity and mortality are high.'
  19. 'In a progressive condition such as cystic fibrosis, it is difficult to disentangle the effects of age from those of disease severity.'
  20. 'Patients suffering from cholesterol emboli syndrome, a progressive disease unresponsive to therapy, may benefit from iloprost.'
  21. 'He has rapidly progressive HIV disease as shown by his high viral load.'
  22. 'Sometimes I think it is useless to debate the economic effects of decisions on minimum wage, inheritance taxes, progressive taxation, etc.'
  23. 'Other forms of progressive taxation, such as a tax on wealth, are common in other rich nations.'
  24. 'The drive to abolish the estate tax is just one part of a much broader attack on the progressive tax system.'
  25. 'Income taxes are progressive - that is to say, you pay a higher proportion of your income the more money you make.'
  26. 'Income splitting between spouses helps reduce taxes overall because of progressive tax rates.'
  27. 'A meaningful minimum wage, reinforced by progressive taxation on high earners, could be a start.'
  28. 'This is a case in point to indicate that land-based property taxes are progressive.'
  29. 'Financing would come, most obviously, from the revival of steeply progressive taxation.'
  30. 'He thinks a more progressive tax system would bolster public confidence.'
  31. '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.'
(of a person or idea) favouring social reform.
  1. 'The progressive solution lies in developing a unified political movement of the working class, armed with a genuine socialist consciousness.'
  2. 'I have a question for radical and progressive people in the West.'
  3. 'She is a persuasive speaker who has mainstreamed progressive ideas without allowing them to be labeled as too liberal or left-wing.'
  4. 'When our founding mothers and fathers wrote the Constitution, they took a major step forward in terms of progressive policies, by abolishing capital punishment.'
  5. 'People have high expectations about Labor, the party of reform and progressive ideas.'
  6. 'I'm not enthused by the domestic agenda but I am very glad we have a radical and progressive leader on the international scene.'
  7. '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.'
  8. '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.'
  9. '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.'
  10. 'There was a time when championing state sovereignty was a progressive idea because the advance of statehood helped destroy empires.'
  11. 'the most progressive art school in Britain'
  12. '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.'
  13. 'As they receded in the late fifties and early sixties the political space in which to develop a progressive agenda expanded accordingly.'
  14. 'The same has to happen here because while these developments are progressive and should be encouraged, they are still only piecemeal.'
  15. '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.'
  16. 'Kitesurfing is the world's fastest growing watersport with new innovations and progressive manoeuvres being discovered regularly.'
  17. 'She also had a number of progressive medical views and was a pioneer of early rising after childbirth, a practice that is now universal.'
  18. 'An aging bus repair shop may seem an unlikely place for a progressive art school.'
  19. 'A progressive art teacher shakes up a stuffy private school in 50s America.'
  20. 'Wood's restless energy and monumental ambition made him an innovator who adapted the progressive spirit of the age to military affairs.'
  21. '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.'
  22. 'progressive bands like Black Sabbath and the Edgar Broughton Band'
  23. 'The relaxed instrumentation elevates the insightful vocals, creating a sound best described as progressive garage rock.'
  24. '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.'
  25. 'A whole lifestyle is suggested by this, home to tastefully decorated flats and progressive rock music.'
  26. '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.'
  27. 'As dated as it all now sounds, Rare & Remixed nonetheless offers up some classic memories of the progressive movement's heyday.'
  28. 'She has been acclaimed for her organic and tribal sounds mixed in a progressive, techno-based style.'
  29. 'Among the most progressive songs is the title track, which opens the album as perhaps its strongest moment.'
Denoting an aspect or tense of a verb that expresses an action in progress, e.g. am writing, was writing.
  1. 'The same can be said of his frequent use of progressive verbs (gerunds).'
  2. 'I mean, so what if I use stative verbs in the progressive form, or use Chinese language structure for my English in daily usage?'
(of a card game or dance) involving a series of sections for which participants successively change place or relative position.
  1. 'It is a progressive 25 card game and it will be held in the Old School Community Centre and will commence at 9pm.'
Engaging in or constituting forward motion.


    An advocate of social reform.
    1. 'These men were the progressives and social reformers of their day.'
    2. 'These are all causes progressives have been advocating for years!'
    3. 'Yet there are still debates between traditionalists and progressives as to reforming the electoral process even further.'
    4. 'Prior to the election, a loose coalition of social progressives was forming on council.'
    5. 'If liberals, progressives, leftists and old-fashioned conservatives don't unite to stop him, he just might succeed.'
    6. '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.'
    7. 'Sadly he failed to mention just which option said progressives should advocate.'
    8. 'To me, this signifies that social progressives have, at last, conceded that they are a tiny minority of the Australian people.'
    9. 'There is an economic and social dimension to the case for electoral reform that progressives often ignore.'
    10. 'Labor leaders and social progressives were among the most outspoken opponents of the World War I draft.'
    A progressive tense or aspect.
    1. 'Have you ever read something that assiduously avoids all passives and progressives?'
    2. '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?'
    Each of a set of proofs of colour work, showing all the colours separately and the cumulative effect of overprinting them.


      1. favoring or advocating progress, change, improvement, or reform, as opposed to wishing to maintain things as they are, especially in political matters: a progressive mayor.

      2. making progress toward better conditions; employing or advocating more enlightened or liberal ideas, new or experimental methods, etc.: a progressive community.

      3. characterized by such progress, or by continuous improvement.

      4. (initial capital letter) of or relating to any of the Progressive partie

      More examples(as adjective)

      "policies can be progressive over times."

      "subsidies can be progressive in terms."

      "spirits can be progressive in operations."

      "schools can be progressive about ages."

      "people can be progressive on issues."

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