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His life has been that of his century—progressive, liberal, humanitarian in its trend.

The action of existing causes and principles is steady and progressive.

Every advance in civilisation is synonymous with a progressive diminution of the differences.

This failing should be corrected by progressive but prudent training.

But the most progressive city in this respect was Philadelphia.

What has been the progressive attitude toward the Darwinian idea?

But he seems to have supposed that the course of events was recurring rather than progressive.

H'ist the Progressive ensign and the Conservatives'll mutiny.

We're in Scarford now, and Scarford's a progressive, up-to-date place.

You are known to be rich—I mean cultured and progressive and broad-minded.


c.1600, "characterized by advancement" (in action, character, etc.), from progress (n.) + -ive, or else from French progressif, from past participle stem of Latin progredi. Of taxation, from 1889; of jazz, from 1947. Meaning "characterized by striving for change and innovation, avant-garde, liberal" is from 1908.

In the socio-political sense "favoring reform; radically liberal," it emerged in various British contexts from the 1880s; in the U.S. it was active as a movement in the 1890s and a generation thereafter, the name being taken again from time to time, most recently by some more liberal Democrats and other social activists, by c.2000. The noun in the sense "one who favors social and political change in the name of progress" is first attested 1865 (originally in Christianity). Earlier in a like sense were progressionist (1849, adjective; 1884, noun), progressist (1848). Related: Progressively; progressiveness.



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Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.