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Meaning of REGRESS

Pronunciation:  ri'gres

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  returning to a former state
  2. [n]  the reasoning involved when you assume the conclusion is true and reason backward to the evidence
  3. [v]  go back to bad behavior; "Those who recidivate are often minor criminals"
  4. [v]  get worse; fall back to a previous or worse condition
  5. [v]  go back to a previous state; "We reverted to the old rules"
  6. [v]  go back to a statistical means

REGRESS is a 7 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: fall back, lapse, reasoning backward, recidivate, regression, relapse, retrograde, retrogress, retrogress, retrogression, retroversion, retrovert, return, reversion, revert, turn back
 Antonyms: advance, come along, come on, get along, get on, progress, shape up
 See Also: abstract thought, change, change by reversal, decline, drop off, fall back, fall behind, go back, logical thinking, lose, reasoning, recede, recover, recuperate, resile, reversal, reverse, turn, worsen



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Re"gress\ (r?"gr?s), n. [L. regressus, fr. regredi,
    regressus. See {Regrede}.]
    1. The act of passing back; passage back; return;
       retrogression. ``The progress or regress of man''. --F.
    2. The power or liberty of passing back. --Shak.
  2. \Re*gress"\ (r?*gr?s"), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Regressed}
    (-gr?st"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Regressing}.]
    To go back; to return to a former place or state. --Sir T.