From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishprogressivepro‧gres‧sive1 /prəˈɡresɪv/ ●○○ adjective 1 MODERNsupporting new or modern ideas and methods, especially in politics and education a progressive administration progressive and forward-looking policies2 CHANGE/BECOME DIFFERENThappening or developing gradually over a period of timeprogressive decline/reduction/increase etc the progressive increase in population Britain’s progressive decline as a world power3 SLG technical the progressive form of a verb is used to show that an action or activity is continuing to happen. In English, it consists of the verb ‘be’ followed by the present participle, as in ‘I was waiting for the bus’. SYN continuous —progressiveness noun [uncountable] —progressivism noun [uncountable]
Examples from the Corpusprogressive• Taxation can be redistributive without being progressive.• The Conservatives, led by James Pliny Whitney, were more progressive.• a progressive brain disorder• Accountability and responsibility are crucial characteristics of a vital, progressive, democratic society.• Patients with osteoarthritis have a progressive destruction of joint tissue which can be exactly quantified.• Herein lies the progressive dilemma of the 21st century.• Lotus had always prided itself on its progressive employee policies.• One also has to question just how progressive Labour really is.• I believe that progressive legislation like universal health care is essential and would be good for individuals and good for the country.• Patients are taught progressive muscle relaxation techniques.• the government's progressive policies for dealing with inner city problems• She went to a progressive private school where the pupils could choose which lessons to attend.• I began to consistently ally myself, in my heart and mind, with the progressive side of political movements.• the progressive wing of the Republican Partyprogressive decline/reduction/increase etc• The result is a progressive decline in physical abilities.• The progressive decline in the course of addictive disease follows similar patterns in differing individual sufferers.• A progressive reduction in tissue perfusion may accompany recurrence of Crohn's disease while at a subclinical stage.• Their rise was not, however, one of simple and progressive increase in variety.• The disease does not go away if one ignores it: progressive decline is inexorable.progressiveprogressive2 noun [countable] MODERNsomeone with modern ideas who wants to change things
Examples from the Corpusprogressive• But progressives may not be bought so easily; for there are a hundred reasons to deny Labour support.• One of those who left is anthropologist Mikel Azurmendi, a militant progressive and a leading figure in the fight against Franco.• Modern progressives committed to diversity often fail to acknowledge this.• Being in sympathy with the underdog he would be classed as a radical progressive.• The efficient and the progressive were rewarded with survival and growth.• What progressive couldn't want that?From Longman Business Dictionaryprogressivepro‧gres‧sive /prəˈgresɪv/ adjective1happening or changing over a period of time, and often becoming worseThe results reflect the progressive collapse of sales of the company’s high-end computers.2approving supporting new or modern ideas, methods etcHe begam his career as a progressive economist before becoming prime minister at the age of 40.