from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Moving forward; advancing.
  • adj. Proceeding in steps; continuing steadily by increments: progressive change.
  • adj. Promoting or favoring progress toward better conditions or new policies, ideas, or methods: a progressive politician; progressive business leadership.
  • adj. Of or relating to a Progressive Party: the Progressive platform of 1924.
  • adj. Of or relating to progressive education: a progressive school.
  • adj. Increasing in rate as the taxable amount increases: a progressive income tax.
  • adj. Pathology Tending to become more severe or wider in scope: progressive paralysis.
  • adj. Grammar Designating a verb form that expresses an action or condition in progress.
  • n. A person who actively favors or strives for progress toward better conditions, as in society or government.
  • n. A member or supporter of a Progressive Party.
  • n. Grammar A progressive verb form.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Favouring or promoting progress; advanced.
  • adj. Gradually advancing in extent; increasing.
  • adj. Promoting or favoring progress towards improved conditions or new policies, ideas or methods.
  • adj. Of or relating to progressive education.
  • adj. Increasing in rate as the taxable amount increases.
  • adj. Advancing in severity.
  • adj. liberal (politically)
  • adj. continuous
  • n. A person who actively favors or strives for progress towards improved conditions, as in society or government.
  • n. A progressive verb.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Moving forward; proceeding onward; advancing; evincing progress; increasing; ; -- opposed to retrograde.
  • adj. Improving.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the Progressive party.
  • adj. Favoring improvement, change, progress, or reform, especially in a political context; -- used of people. Contrasted with conservative.
  • adj. Disposed toward adopting new methods in government or education, holding tolerant and liberal ideas, and generally favoring improvement in civic life; -- of towns and communities.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Going forward; moving onward; advancing; making progress, in any sense: as, progressive motion or course.
  • Favoring progress; using one's influence or directing one's efforts in the line of advancement or improvement: as, to be progressive in one's ideas about education; a progressive age.
  • Indicative of progress.
  • and a myopathic form, related to pseudohypertrophic paralysis.
  • n. One who is in favor of progress; one who promotes or commends reforms or changes: opposed to conservative.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties
  • adj. favoring or promoting reform (often by government action)
  • adj. favoring or promoting progress
  • n. a tense of verbs used in describing action that is on-going
  • adj. gradually advancing in extent
  • adj. (of taxes) adjusted so that the rate increases as the amount of income increases
  • adj. advancing in severity
  • adj. (of a card game or a dance) involving a series of sections for which the participants successively change place or relative position


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    May 27, 2010

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    April 20, 2010