Meaning of PROGRESSIVE in English


I. prə-ˈgre-siv adjective

Date: circa 1612


a. : of, relating to, or characterized by progress

b. : making use of or interested in new ideas, findings, or opportunities

c. : of, relating to, or constituting an educational theory marked by emphasis on the individual child, informality of classroom procedure, and encouragement of self-expression

2. : of, relating to, or characterized by progression

3. : moving forward or onward : advancing


a. : increasing in extent or severity

a progressive disease

b. : increasing in rate as the base increases

a progressive tax

5. often capitalized : of or relating to political Progressives

6. : of, relating to, or constituting a verb form that expresses action or state in progress at the time of speaking or a time spoken of

• pro·gres·sive·ly adverb

• pro·gres·sive·ness noun

II. noun

Date: 1846


a. : one that is progressive

b. : one believing in moderate political change and especially social improvement by governmental action

2. capitalized : a member of any of various United States political parties: as

a. : a member of a predominantly agrarian minor party that around 1912 split off from the Republicans ; specifically : Bull Moose

b. : a follower of Robert M. La Follette in the presidential campaign of 1924

c. : a follower of Henry A. Wallace in the presidential campaign of 1948

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.