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PROGRESSIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does progressive mean? 

PROGRESSIVE (noun)
  The noun PROGRESSIVE has 2 senses:

1. a tense of verbs used in describing action that is on-going
2. a person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties

  Familiarity information: PROGRESSIVE used as a noun is rare.


PROGRESSIVE (adjective)
  The adjective PROGRESSIVE has 5 senses:

1. favoring or promoting progress
2. favoring or promoting reform (often by government action)
3. (of taxes) adjusted so that the rate increases as the amount of income increases
4. gradually advancing in extent
5. advancing in severity

  Familiarity information: PROGRESSIVE used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


PROGRESSIVE (noun)


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Meaning:

A tense of verbs used in describing action that is on-going

Classified under:

Nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas

Synonyms:

progressive tense; progressive; imperfect tense; imperfect; continuous tense

Hypernyms ("progressive" is a kind of...):

tense (a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "progressive"):

present progressive; present progressive tense (a tense used to express action that is on-going at the time of utterance)

past progressive; past progressive tense (a progressive tense used to describe on-going action in the past)

future progressive; future progressive tense (a progressive tense used to express action that will be on-going in the future)


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Meaning:

A person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

liberal; liberalist; progressive

Hypernyms ("progressive" is a kind of...):

adult; grownup (a fully developed person from maturity onward)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "progressive"):

armchair liberal (a person of liberal ideals who takes no action to realize them)

latitudinarian (a person who is broad-minded and tolerant (especially in standards of religious belief and conduct))

neoliberal (a liberal who subscribes to neoliberalism)

pluralist (someone who believes that distinct ethnic or cultural or religious groups can exist together in society)

Whig (a member of the political party that urged social reform in 18th and 19th century England; was the opposition party to the Tories)


PROGRESSIVE (adjective)


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Meaning:

Favoring or promoting progress

Context example:

progressive schools

Similar:

state-of-the-art (the highest level of development at a particular time (especially the present time))

modernised; modernized (brought up to date)

advancing; forward; forward-moving (moving forward)

advanced; forward-looking; innovative; modern (ahead of the times)

Also:

industrial (having highly developed industries)

forward (at or near or directed toward the front)

Antonym:

regressive (opposing progress; returning to a former less advanced state)


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Meaning:

Favoring or promoting reform (often by government action)

Synonyms:

reform-minded; reformist; progressive

Similar:

liberal (tolerant of change; not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or tradition)

Domain category:

governance; governing; government; government activity (the act of governing; exercising authority)


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Meaning:

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

Similar:

degressive ((of taxes) gradually decreasing in rate on sums below a certain amount)

graduated; proportional ((of taxes) increasing as the amount taxed increases)

Domain category:

revenue enhancement; tax; taxation (charge against a citizen's person or property or activity for the support of government)

Antonym:

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


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Meaning:

Gradually advancing in extent

Similar:

increasing (becoming greater or larger)


Sense 5progressive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Advancing in severity

Context example:

progressive paralysis

Similar:

active (tending to become more severe or wider in scope)


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