Meaning of “progressive” in the English Dictionary

"progressive" in English

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uk /prəˈɡres.ɪv/ us /prəˈɡres.ɪv/

progressivenoun [ C ]

uk /prəˈɡres.ɪv/ us /prəˈɡres.ɪv/

(Definition of “progressive” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"progressive" in American English

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us /prəˈɡres·ɪv/

A progressive disease is one that gets increasingly worse.

Progressive ideas or systems encourage change in society or in the way things are done:

She worked for women’s rights, labor reforms, and other progressive causes.
adverb us /prəˈɡres·ɪv·li/

My eyesight has gotten progressively worse over the years.

(Definition of “progressive” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"progressive" in Business English

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uk /prəʊˈɡresɪv/ us /prəˈɡresɪv/

developing or happening gradually:

There's been a progressive decline in the standard of living over the last decade.
Lomax promised 'a progressive return to our underlying growth rate' of 20% a year.

MANAGEMENT, POLITICS used to describe ideas or systems that are new and modern, and that encourage change and development:

We're looking for progressive ideas to move the company forward.
progressive management practices
The company leadership has politically progressive views.

ECONOMICS, TAX used to describe an economic system in which more advantages, especially tax advantages, are given to people with less money than to people with more money:

The party says it will introduce a more progressive Budget.


(Definition of “progressive” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)