pro·gres·sive /prəˈgrɛsɪv/ 形容詞
1. Moving forward; proceeding onward; advancing; evincing progress; increasing; as, progressive motion or course; -- opposed to retrograde.
2. Improving; as, art is in a progressive state.
3. U. S. History Of or pertaining to the Progressive party.
Progressive euchre or Progressive whist, a way of playing at card parties, by which after every game, the losers at the first table go to the last table, and the winners at all the tables, except the first, move up to the next table.
Progressive muscular atrophy Med., a nervous disorder characterized by continuous atrophy of the muscles.
-- Pro*gress*ive*ly, adv. -- Pro*gress*ive*ness, n.
adj 1: favoring or promoting progress; "progressive schools" [ant:
2: favoring or promoting reform (often by government action)
[syn: reformist, reform-minded]
3: (of taxes) adjusted so that the rate increases as the amount
increases [ant: regressive]
4: gradually advancing in extent
5: advancing in severity; "progressive paralysis"
n 1: a tense of verbs used in describing action that is on-going
[syn: progressive tense, imperfect, imperfect tense,
2: a person who favors a political philosophy of progress and
reform and the protection of civil liberties [syn: liberal]