Definition of "progressive" []

  • Moving forward; advancing. (adjective)
  • Proceeding in steps; continuing steadily by increments: progressive change. (adjective)
  • Promoting or favoring progress toward better conditions or new policies, ideas, or methods: a progressive politician; progressive business leadership. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to a Progressive Party: the Progressive platform of 1924. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to progressive education: a progressive school. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to progress (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Proceeding or progressing by steps or degrees (adjective)
  • Favouring or promoting political or social reform through government action, or even revolution, to improve the lot of the majority (adjective)
  • Denoting or relating to an educational system that allows flexibility in learning procedures, based on activities determined by the needs and capacities of the individual child, the aim of which is to integrate academic with social development (adjective)
  • (of a tax or tax system) graduated so that the rate increases relative to the amount taxed (adjective)
  • (esp of a disease) advancing in severity, complexity, or extent (adjective)
  • (of a dance, card game, etc) involving a regular change of partners after one figure, one game, etc (adjective)
  • Denoting an aspect of verbs in some languages, including English, used to express prolonged or continuous activity as opposed to momentary or habitual activity (adjective)
  • A person who advocates progress, as in education, politics, etc (noun)
  • The progressive aspect of a verb (noun)
  • A verb in this aspect (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "progressive" in a sentence
  • "They use the term progressive to try to put such unequal taxation in a positive light."
  • "The term progressive is coming in for a beating these days, pilloried as an all-purpose catch phrase signifying nothing more than a vague discomfort with nouveau riche investment bankers popping open too many bottles of Veuve at the weekend."
  • "So if I am reading these comments correctly ... "progressive" is now the code word for "far left" and "moderate" is the code word for "liberal" ..."