favoring or advocating , change, improvement, or reform, as opposed to wishing to maintain things as they are, especially in political matters:
a progressive mayor.
making toward better conditions; employing or advocating more enlightened or liberal ideas, new or experimental methods, etc.:
a progressive community.
characterized by such , or by continuous improvement.
(initial capital letter) of or relating to any of the Progressive parties in politics.
going forward or onward; passing successively from one member of a series to the next; proceeding step by step.
noting or pertaining to a form of taxation in which the rate increases with certain increases in taxable income.
of or relating to :
Grammar. noting a verb aspect or other verb category that indicates action or state going on at a temporal point of reference.
Medicine/Medical. continuously increasing in extent or severity, as a disease.
a person who is progressive or who favors progress or reform, especially in political matters.
(initial capital letter) a member of a Progressive party.
the progressive aspect.
a verb form or construction in the progressive, as are thinking in They are thinking about it.
Hard-money, strict-construction, no-monopoly, anti-progressive Democrats were in a sad minority.
The Life Of Abraham Lincoln Ward H. Lamon
of or relating to progress
proceeding or progressing by steps or degrees
(often capital) favouring or promoting political or social reform through government action, or even revolution, to improve the lot of the majority: a progressive policy
denoting or relating to an educational system that allows flexibility in learning procedures, based on activities determined by the needs and capacities of the individual child, the aim of which is to integrate academic with social development
(of a tax or tax system) graduated so that the rate increases relative to the amount taxed Compare regressive (sense 2)
(esp of a disease) advancing in severity, complexity, or extent
(of a dance, card game, etc) involving a regular change of partners after one figure, one game, etc
denoting an aspect of verbs in some languages, including English, used to express prolonged or continuous activity as opposed to momentary or habitual activity: a progressive aspect of the verb “to walk” is “is walking.”
a person who advocates progress, as in education, politics, etc
the progressive aspect of a verb
a verb in this aspect
(US, history) a member or supporter of a Progressive Party
(Canadian history) a member or supporter of a chiefly agrarian reform movement advocating the nationalization of railways, low tariffs, an end to party politics, and similar measures: important in the early 1920s
of, relating to, or characteristic of a Progressive Party, Progressive movement, or Progressives
c.1600, “characterized by advancement” (in action, character, etc.), from progress (n.) + -ive, or else from French progressif, from past participle stem of Latin progredi. Of taxation, from 1889; of jazz, from 1947. Meaning “characterized by striving for change and innovation, avant-garde, liberal” is from 1908.
In the socio-political sense “favoring reform; radically liberal,” it emerged in various British contexts from the 1880s; in the U.S. it was active as a movement in the 1890s and a generation thereafter, the name being taken again from time to time, most recently by some more liberal Democrats and other social activists, by c.2000. The noun in the sense “one who favors social and political change in the name of progress” is first attested 1865 (originally in Christianity). Earlier in a like sense were progressionist (1849, adjective; 1884, noun), progressist (1848). Related: Progressively; progressiveness.
progressive pro·gres·sive (prə-grěs’ĭv)
Moving forward; advancing.
Proceeding in steps; continuing steadily by increments, as of a course of treatment.
Tending to become more severe or wider in scope, as of a disease or paralysis.
the act of . the legal of the manufacture and sale of alcoholic drinks for common consumption. (often initial capital letter) the period (1920–33) when the Eighteenth Amendment was in force and alcoholic beverages could not legally be manufactured, transported, or sold in the U.S. a law or decree that forbids. Historical Examples Grady would […]
a person who favors or advocates . (initial capital letter) a member of the Prohibition party. Historical Examples Both prohibitionist and anti-prohibitionist supported the unique effort, which was a gigantic educational clinic. Huts in Hell Daniel A. Poling noun (sometimes capital) a person who favours prohibition, esp of alcoholic beverages
a member of a group of Protestants that arose in the 16th century within the Church of England, demanding the simplification of doctrine and worship, and greater strictness in religious discipline: during part of the 17th century the Puritans became a powerful political party. (lowercase) a person who is strict in moral or religious matters, […]
the principles and practices of the . (sometimes lowercase) extreme strictness in moral or religious matters, often to excess; rigid austerity. Historical Examples Crashaw was another; and Whitgift was a third fellow whose name stands for anti-puritanism. Cambridge Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker n. 1570s, from Puritan + -ism. Originally in reference to specific doctrines; from […]