Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Going backward; retrograde; declining in strength or excellence; degenerating.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Tending to retrograde; going or moving backward; declining from a better to a worse state.
  • adjective (Biol.) Passing from a higher to a lower condition; declining from a more perfect state of organization; regressive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of or relating to retrogression
  • adjective Directed towards the rear or the past; retrograde

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

  • adjective going from better to worse

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Examples

  • He is only devoid of cultural cachet or culturally "retrogressive" if, as a culture, we dismiss these personal qualities and refuse to see them as part of our future.

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  • A narrative elaborated in terms of "reverse discrimination", "retrogressive" as opposed to "emancipatory" identities, alongside the bait of "effortless osmosis" as the vehicle for change, cannot but be self-defeating.

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  • A narrative elaborated in terms of "reverse discrimination", "retrogressive" as opposed to "emancipatory" identities, alongside the bait of "effortless osmosis" as the vehicle for change, cannot but be self-defeating.

    ANC Today

  • The reformer who was so recently "retrogressive" had now become a rival in reform.

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  • Jezebel blog, someone named simply Irin thinks it's all "retrogressive" in tone:

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  • Jezebel blog, someone named simply Irin thinks it's all "retrogressive" in tone:

    NewsBusters.org - Exposing Liberal Media Bias

  • INLD secretary general & Rajya Sabha MP Ajay Singh Chautala described the step as 'retrogressive' & yet another flip-flopping in the vital field of education.

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  • This is in contrast to borrowed energy or fossil fuels, where you always have to dig a deeper coal mine or drill a deeper oil well in further away places to keep that clock radio telling the time or not; defined by Walrus as a "retrogressive" economy.

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  • INLD secretary general & Rajya Sabha MP Ajay Singh Chautala described the step as 'retrogressive' & yet another flip-flopping in the vital field of education.

    PunjabNewsline News

  • This is in contrast to borrowed energy or fossil fuels, where you always have to dig a deeper coal mine or drill a deeper oil well in further away places to keep that clock radio telling the time or not; defined by Walrus as a "retrogressive" economy.

    Greentech Media: All Content

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