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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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