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English adjective: progressive

1. progressive favoring or promoting progress

SamplesProgressive schools.

Similaradvanced, advancing, forward, forward-looking, forward-moving, innovative, modern, modernised, modernized, state-of-the-art

See alsoforward, industrial


2. progressive favoring or promoting reform (often by government action)

Synonymsreform-minded, reformist


Domain categoryadministration, governance, governing, government, government activity


3. progressive (of taxes) adjusted so that the rate increases as the amount of income increases


Domain categoryrevenue enhancement, tax, taxation


4. progressive gradually advancing in extent



5. progressive (of a card game or a dance) involving a series of sections for which the participants successively change place or relative position

SamplesProgressive euchre.
Progressive tournaments.


Antonymsunordered, disordered

6. progressive advancing in severity

SamplesProgressive paralysis.



English noun: progressive

1. progressive a tense of verbs used in describing action that is on-going

Synonymscontinuous tense, imperfect, imperfect tense, progressive tense

Broader (hypernym)tense

Narrower (hyponym)future progressive, future progressive tense, past progressive, past progressive tense, present progressive, present progressive tense

2. progressive (person) a person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties

Synonymsliberal, liberalist

Broader (hypernym)adult, grownup

Narrower (hyponym)armchair liberal, latitudinarian, neoliberal, pluralist, Whig

Antonymsconservative, conservativist

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