1happening or developing gradually or in stages:a progressive decline in popularity (of a medical condition) increasing in severity:progressive liver failure (of taxation or a tax) increasing as a proportion of the sum taxed as that sum increases:steeply progressive income taxes 2(of a person or idea) favouring social reform:a relatively progressive Minister of Education favouring change or innovation:the most progressive art school in Britain relating to or denoting a style of rock music popular especially in the 1970s and characterized by classical influences, the use of keyboard instruments, and lengthy compositions.
3 Grammar denoting an aspect or tense of a verb that expresses an action in progress, e.g. am writing, was writing. Also called continuous. 4(of a card game or dance) involving a series of sections for which participants successively change place or relative position.
5 archaic engaging in or constituting forward motion.
1an advocate of social reform: people tend to present themselves either as progressives or traditionalists on this issue 2 Grammar a progressive tense or aspect:the present progressive
3 (also progressive proof)
) Printing each of a set of proofs of colour work, showing all the colours separately and the cumulative effect of overprinting them.
- noun & adjective