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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)

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 "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" ..."