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Definition of regressive adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1becoming or making something less advanced The policy has been condemned as a regressive step.
  2. 2(technology) (of taxes) having less effect on the rich than on the poor A regressive tax structure is one in which the average tax rate falls as income level rises.
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