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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishretrogressiveret‧ro‧gres‧sive /ˌretrəˈɡresɪv◂/ adjective formal  PROGRESSreturning to an earlier and worse situation syn regressive retrogressive legislationretrogress verb [intransitive]retrogression /-ˈɡreʃən/ noun [singular, uncountable]
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retrogressiveGoing back, starting over, is always either the easy option or a negative step in itself, retrogressive.In differing degrees they represent a retrogressive approach to the Aids epidemic that could cost tens of thousands of lives.a retrogressive planDon't get sucked into the retrogressive reactive syndrome, responding only to problems after they have arisen.
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