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Definition of "regress" [re•gress]

  • To go back; move backward. (verb-intransitive)
  • To return to a previous, usually worse or less developed state. (verb-intransitive)
  • To have a tendency to approach or go back to a statistical mean. (verb-intransitive)
  • Psychology To induce a state of regression in. (verb-transitive)
  • The act of going or coming back; return. (noun)

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.

Use "regress" in a sentence
  • "The problem with an infinite regress is that it is a fallacious attempt to make an unsound argument support itself."
  • "An infinite regress is no longer an easy, simple, or adequate explanation."
  • "Infinite regress is just another metaphysical conclusion, no different that gods/God."