Definition of retrograde adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈretrəɡreɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈretrəɡreɪd//
(formal, disapproving)
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(of an action) making a situation worse or returning to how something was in the past The closure of the factory is a retrograde step. Word Originlate Middle English (as a term in astronomy): from Latin retrogradus, from retro ‘backwards’ + gradus ‘step’ (from gradi ‘to walk’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: retrograde