from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Tending to return or revert.
- adj. Characterized by regression or a tendency to regress.
- adj. Decreasing proportionately as the amount taxed increases: a regressive tax.
- adj. Of or relating to geological regression.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. That tends to return, revert or regress.
- adj. Whose rate decreases as the amount increases.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Passing back; returning.
- adj. Characterized by retrogression; retrogressive.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Passing back; returning: opposed to progressive.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (of taxes) adjusted so that the rate decreases as the amount of income increases
- adj. opposing progress; returning to a former less advanced state
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He also said his party wanted to provide funding for education but cautioned against what he called a "regressive" tax increase.
They said Ottawa has made some positive financial decisions, but cities still face the need to upgrade aging roads, bridges, and water and sewer systems while remaining dependent on property tax revenue, which they called regressive and inadequate.
Health care positively has the lot to do with which in regressive N. Dakota, nonetheless the state is an anomaly: all 3 congressional seats have been reason by sincerely liberal Democrats.
The question of regressive, is regressive for whom — I think it all depends on where we place the burden.
Of course, sales taxes are the ultimate in regressive taxes.
That spending, Paul said, will eventually lead to inflation, which he calls a regressive tax on the poor who are disproportionately hurt when the costs of necessary goods go up.
I think the person who came up with the terms regressive and progressive for taxes with the first being those taxes that fall on everyone and the second those being applied only to the well to do.
The use of capitol punishment is used pretty much only in regressive third world countries.
What makes this tax regressive is that it is a straight 12.4% of every dollar up to a limit, currently $87,900, after which the tax is zero.
They are called regressive because those with lower incomes pay a higher proportion of their income in such taxes than do those with higher incomes.
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