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English definition of “progressive”

progressive

adjective (MODERN)    /prəˈɡres.ɪv/
B2 describes ideas or systems that are new and modern, encouraging change in society or in the way that things are done: progressive ideas/attitudes The left of the party is pressing for a more progressive social policy. a progressive schoolModern and fashionableFashionModern and fashionable
(Definition of progressive adjective (MODERN) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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