Meaning of REGRESS in English

REGRESS

v. & n.

--v.

1. intr. move backwards, esp. (in abstract senses) return to a former state.

2 intr. & tr. Psychol. return or cause to return mentally to a former stage of life, esp. through hypnosis or mental illness.

--n.

1. the act or an instance of going back.

2 reasoning from effect to cause.

Etymology: ME (as n.) f. L regressus f. regredi regress- (as RE-, gradi step)

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.