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Meaning of progressive

pro•gres•sive

Pronunciation: (pru-gres'iv), [key]
— adj.
  1. favoring or advocating progress, change, improvement, or reform, as opposed to wishing to maintain things as they are, esp. in political matters: a progressive mayor.
  2. making progress toward better conditions; employing or advocating more enlightened or liberal ideas, new or experimental methods, etc.: a progressive community.
  3. characterized by such progress, or by continuous improvement.
  4. (cap.) of or pertaining to any of the Progressive parties in politics.
  5. going forward or onward; passing successively from one member of a series to the next; proceeding step by step.
  6. noting or pertaining to a form of taxation in which the rate increases with certain increases in taxable income.
  7. of or pertaining to progressive education: progressive schools.
  8. noting a verb aspect or other verb category that indicates action or state going on at a temporal point of reference.
  9. continuously increasing in extent or severity, as a disease.
—n.
  1. a person who is progressive or who favors progress or reform, esp. in political matters.
  2. (cap.) a member of a Progressive party.
    1. the progressive aspect.
    2. a verb form or construction in the progressive, as are thinking in They are thinking about it.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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