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verb (used without object)
to move backward; go back.
to revert to an earlier or less advanced state or form.
the act of going back; return.
the right to go back.
backward movement or course; retrogression.
verb (rɪˈɡrɛs)
(intransitive) to return or revert, as to a former place, condition, or mode of behaviour
(transitive) (statistics) to measure the extent to which (a dependent variable) is associated with one or more independent variables
noun (ˈriːɡrɛs)
the act of regressing
movement in a backward direction; retrogression
(logic) a supposed explanation each stage of which requires to be similarly explained, as saying that knowledge requires a justification in terms of propositions themselves known to be true


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