Meaning of regressive

re•gres•sive

Pronunciation: (ri-gres'iv), [key]
— adj.
  1. regressing or tending to regress; retrogressive.
  2. of, pertaining to, or effecting regression.
  3. (of tax) decreasing proportionately with an increase in the tax base.
  4. obtained from or characterized by backward reasoning.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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