from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Tending to return or revert to a previous state.
  • adjective Characterized by regression or a tendency to regress.
  • adjective Relating to or being a tax that amounts to a higher percentage of income as income decreases or that places a proportionately higher burden on lower-income taxpayers.
  • adjective Of or relating to geological regression.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Passing back; returning: opposed to progressive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Passing back; returning.
  • adjective Characterized by retrogression; retrogressive.
  • adjective (Biol.), (Physiol.) See Katabolism

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective That tends to return, revert or regress.
  • adjective of a tax Whose rate decreases as the amount increases.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective (of taxes) adjusted so that the rate decreases as the amount of income increases
  • adjective opposing progress; returning to a former less advanced state


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