4. Motion with reference to direction

[Motion backwards.] Regression.

[Antonyms: progression.]

[Nouns] regress, regression; retrocession, retrogression, retrograduation, retroaction; reculade; retreat, withdrawal, retirement, remigration; recession (motion from) [more]; recess; crab-like motion.

refluence, reflux; backwater, regurgitation, ebb, return; resilience, reflexion (recoil) [more]; volte-face.

counter motion, counter movement, counter march; veering, tergiversation, recidivation, backsliding, fall; deterioration [more]; recidivism, recidivity.

turning point (reversion) [more].

[Verbs] recede, regrade, return, revert, retreat, retire; retrograde, retrocede; back out; back down; balk; crawfish [U.S.], crawl; withdraw; rebound [more]; go back, come back, turn back, hark back, draw back, fall back, get back, put back, run back; lose ground; fall astern, drop astern; backwater, put about; take the back track; veer round; double, wheel, countermarch; ebb, regurgitate; jib, shrink, shy.

turn tail, turn round, turn upon one's heel, turn one's back upon; retrace one's steps, dance the back step; sound a retreat, beat a retreat; go home.

[Adjectives] receding; retrograde, retrogressive; regressive, refluent, reflex, recidivous, resilient; crab-like; balky; reactionary [more].

[Adverbs] back, backwards; reflexively, to the right about; a reculons, a rebours.

[Phrases] revenouns a nos moutons, as you were.

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