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 (rĕt′rə-grĕs′, rĕt′rə-grĕs′)
intr.v. ret·ro·gressed, ret·ro·gress·ing, ret·ro·gress·es
1. To return to an earlier, inferior, or less complex condition.
2. To go or move backward.

[Latin retrōgradī, *retrōgress- : retrō-, retro- + gradī, to go; see ghredh- in Indo-European roots.]

ret′ro·gres′sion (-grĕsh′ən) adj.
ret′ro·gres′sive adj.
re′tro·gres′sive·ly adv.


(ˌrɛ trəˈgrɛʃ ən)

1. the act of retrogressing; movement backward.
2. Biol. degeneration; passing from a more complex to a simpler structure.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.retrogression - passing from a more complex to a simpler biological form
transformation, transmutation, shift - a qualitative change
abiotrophy - a loss of vitality and a degeneration of cells and tissues not due to any apparent injury
cataplasia - (biology) degenerative reversion of cells or tissue to a less differentiated or more primitive form
2.retrogression - returning to a former state
reversal - a change from one state to the opposite state; "there was a reversal of autonomic function"


A return to a former, usually worse condition:


[ˌretrəʊˈgreʃən] Nretroceso m, retrogradación f


n (= backward movement)rückläufige Bewegung; (= deterioration)Rückentwicklung f


n. retrogresión, regreso a un estado más primitivo de desarrollo.
References in classic literature ?
Is it the pain of finality--when we realise that there can be nothing beyond but retrogression?"
He had foresight, but has less now than formerly, pointing to a moral retrogression, which, when taken with the decline of his fortunes, seems to indicate some evil influence, probably drink, at work upon him.
But how about the foresight and the moral retrogression?"
An order with secret rites, grotesque ceremonies and fantastic costumes, which, originating in the reign of Charles II, among working artisans of London, has been joined successively by the dead of past centuries in unbroken retrogression until now it embraces all the generations of man on the hither side of Adam and is drumming up distinguished recruits among the pre-Creational inhabitants of Chaos and Formless Void.
Not if it was the Koh-I-noor; those few whacking stones are too well known, and to cut them up is to decrease their value by arithmetical retrogression. Besides, that brings you up against the Fence once more, and I'm done with the beggars for good and all.
Owing to occasional retrogressions, to still more frequent moral and intellectual stagnation, and to the extraordinary fecundity of the Criminal and Vagabond Classes, there is always a vast superfluity of individuals of the half degree and single degree class, and a fair abundance of Specimens up to 10 degrees.
Retrogression was observed in second filial generation and third filial generation over first filial generation in the five cross combinations (yalo x Nsukka Indigenous, Nsukka Indigenous x Jos,Nsukka Local x Yalo, Nsukka Localx Nsukka Indigenous) which showed high genetic gain in F4 generation over the preceding generations.
Reject any candidate that will put Ijebuland into retrogression. Do not politicise the process of selecting my successor.
Jerome George Korkoya and co-conspirators will be held responsible for any retrogression of gains this country achieved over the years, threatening to institute radical approaches in line with the Constitution of Liberia.
One of the sacred relation is a father-daughter relation but retrogression of our society can be judged from an unbelievable tragic and heart wrenching incident in Bahawalpur that a man reportedly found guilty of raping his 18-year old daughter multiple times and forced for abortion after pregnancy.
Despite the widespread criticism the president received in his first term over delay in key appointments, his failure to name anyone in the first 11 days of his second term appears a retrogression in comparison.
Chinese President Xi Jinping pointed out at the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) 2018 that the world needed to choose between progress and retrogression.