[ri-gres-iv] /rɪˈgrɛs ɪv/

or tending to ; retrogressive.
Biology. of, relating to, or effecting .
(of tax) decreasing proportionately with an increase in the tax base.
Logic. obtained from or characterized by backward reasoning.
regressing or tending to regress
(of a tax or tax system) levied or graduated so that the rate decreases as the amount taxed increases See progressive (sense 5)
of, relating to, or characteristic of regression

1630s; see regress + -ive. In reference to taxation, it is attested from 1889. Related: Regressively.

regressive re·gres·sive (rĭ-grěs’ĭv)

re·gres’sive·ness n.


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