retrogressive

retrogressive
[[t]re̱trəgre̱sɪv[/t]]
If you describe an action or idea as retrogressive, you disapprove of it because it returns to old ideas or beliefs and does not take advantage of recent progress. [FORMAL]

The Prime Minister is still hoping that the voters will choose his forward-looking policies over the often retrogressive policies of the National parties.

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  • Retrogressive — Re tro*gres sive, a. [Cf. F. r[ e]trogressif.] 1. Tending to retrograde; going or moving backward; declining from a better to a worse state. [1913 Webster] 2. (Biol.) Passing from a higher to a lower condition; declining from a more perfect state …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • retrogressive — index back (in reverse), bad (offensive), decadent, regressive Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • retrogressive — 1817; see RETROGRESS (Cf. retrogress) + IVE (Cf. ive). Related: Retrogressively …   Etymology dictionary

  • retrogressive — regressive, retrograde, *backward Analogous words: reversing, inverting (see REVERSE vb): receding, retreating, retrograding (see RECEDE) Antonyms: progressive Contrasted words: advancing, furthering, forwarding (see ADVANCE vb): improving,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • retrogressive — ret·ro·gres·sive gres iv adj characterized by retrogression: as a) declining from a better to a worse state <a retrogressive disease> b) passing from a higher to a lower level of organization <retrogressive evolution> …   Medical dictionary

  • retrogressive — adjective formal returning to an earlier and worse situation: a retrogressive idea | retrogressive change retrogressively adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • retrogressive — adjective Date: 1802 characterized by retrogression: as a. going or directed backward b. declining from a better to a worse state c. passing from a higher to a lower level of organization < retrogressive evolution > • retrogressively adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • retrogressive — ret|ro|gres|sive [ˌretrəˈgresıv] adj formal returning to an earlier and worse situation = ↑regressive ▪ retrogressive legislation >retrogress v >retrogression [ ˈgreʃən][i] n [singular,U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • retrogressive — ret|ro|gres|sive [ ,retrou gresıv ] adjective returning to a condition or state that is worse than the present one, instead of improving or making progress: a negative and retrogressive step …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • retrogressive — UK [ˌretrəʊˈɡresɪv] / US [ˌretroʊˈɡresɪv] adjective returning to a condition or state that is worse than the present one, instead of improving or making progress a negative and retrogressive step …   English dictionary

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