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Noun: regress  ri'gres
  1. The reasoning involved when you assume the conclusion is true and reason backward to the evidence
    - reasoning backward
  2. A return to an earlier state
    - regression, reversion, retrogression, retroversion
Verb: regress  ri'gres
  1. Go back to a statistical means
  2. Go back to a previous state
    "We regressed to the old rules";
    - revert, return, retrovert, turn back
  3. Get worse or fall back to a previous condition
    - retrograde, retrogress
  4. Go back to bad behaviour
    "Those who regress are often minor criminals";
    - relapse, lapse, recidivate, retrogress, fall back

Derived forms: regressed, regresses, regressing

Type of: abstract thought, change, change by reversal, decline, logical thinking, reasoning, reversal, reverse, turn, worsen

Antonym: progress

Encyclopedia: Regress