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regressive

adjective     /rɪˈɡresɪv/
used to describe ideas or systems that are old-fashioned and do not encourage change or development : The movement will defeat the autocratic and regressive regime .
ECONOMICS, TAX used to describe an economic or tax system in which there are advantages for rich people and disadvantages for poor people : Economists generally regard sales taxes as regressive, since the poor spend a greater part of their income than the rich .regressive policy/subsidy/measure Two decades of regressive policies have doubled the numbers living in poverty .
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